Author Archive

January 15, 2012

Learning to Read

by Mark Lewis
Teaching requires a kind of intellectual empathy–understanding how a student is thinking, why they’re thinking it, or how they’re feeling when they think it. My own study of a new language has deepened my empathy for primary students learning how to read.
December 7, 2011

Martin’s Poem

by Mark Lewis

It is 3:00. Writing time started about 20 minutes ago. We are studying poetry. Martin has his paper and pencil at hand, but they have not yet touched.

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November 7, 2011


by Mark Lewis
“Three of your students are in the office,” an IA tells me. “They were giving each other the middle finger.”

I am a first year teacher. I teach second grade. It is spring, 2011. Easter is almost as late as it is possible for Easter to be, so spring break is too. It’s only 12:09, but I am tired.

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