Category Archives: Teaching Stories

Sam and Betty

At the University, there is a ledge really no more than a misplaced form when the concrete was poured. Birds have perched and deposited. Leaf litter has fallen, off the roof, and now there is a tree growing in this … Continue reading

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Teaching Challenges II

Sometimes challenges lurk in unexpected places. I had a martial arts student who was 5\’10\” and 225+ pounds, a bit overweight and very strong. If his execution of a technique was even halfway decent, none of us could stop him. … Continue reading

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More on Learning Styles, Part II

For a while, my wife was a substitute science teacher. One of her assignments was to teach biology to a class of \”slow\” students. Having been warned that conventional approaches were ineffective, she tried a different tack. For their first … Continue reading

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More on Learning Styles

Learning to program in C is relatively easy, up to a point. But most self-taught learners bog down at pointers, one of the more difficult programming concepts. When I taught C pointers, I first described how they worked in C … Continue reading

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Ganging Up on Ignorance

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius Research has found three major learning styles: visual (seeing), aural (hearing), and kinesthetic (moving). Most people have a preferred or dominant style, though most … Continue reading

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Teaching Challenges I

Part of my job as a teacher is to challenge students to help them develop. To do that, the challenge needs to be both reachable and a stretch. The usual way to do that is to put obstacles in their … Continue reading

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Not the Brightest Match in the Box

What does this mean? That the speaker tripped over a Freudian slip or just mixed metaphors? The brightest match in the box is the one about to burn out. Or if it\’s still the box, light the whole box on fire. … Continue reading

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Be Here Now

A friend told me of a conversation with a doctor in her 50s who complained about her memory going. She couldn\’t remember clients\’ answers to intake questions. The friend asked what was she doing while the client answered. The doctor … Continue reading

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Pearls Before Breakfast

Pearls Before Breakfast is an article in the Washington Post on an experiment they ran. They talked Joshua Bell, one of the finest classical violinists in the world, to take a street musician gig, playing 6 classical pieces in a … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Words

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. (Luke 1:52–53) These are powerful words, revolutionary words. They belong not to … Continue reading

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