On Teaching

With budget cutbacks and bureaucratic interference facing educational programs at all levels, it is not an easy time to be in the business of teaching. While these two blog posts from 2011 won’t alleviate those challenges, I wanted to share them with fellow educators as reminders of the good that we can do in the fundamental activities of teaching and mentoring:

1. The “butterfly effect” and working as an educator (2011) — A commentary on the role of teachers in people’s lives, inspired by Stephen King’s bestselling novel, 11/22/63.

2. Working as an educator: Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach (2011) — A few words about a great book for anyone who teaches.

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Also, here’s a short op-ed piece I wrote back in 2004 for the Boston Globe, “Note of Understanding,” that describes how my experiences in an adult education singing class (which I’m still taking!) have informed my approach to teaching.

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