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Ask a Teacher: Delicate Conversations in the Classroom

By Mr. FossNovember 26, 2012
Q: Hi! I was just wondering what you do when you're teaching or discussing something in class that brings up something that's going on in a student's personal life at the time? My friend's mum is in hospital with cancer and we're reading ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Delicate Conversations in the Classroom

Ask a Teacher: From Bookworm to Social Butterfly

By Mr. FossApril 3, 2012
Q: I used to be a straight-A student (and very shy) during my freshman year. But now I am a sophomore and I am falling behind. I'm not as shy as I was before, does this mean I have to go back to hiding in ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: From Bookworm to Social Butterfly

Ask a Teacher: Advice for Overachievers

By Mr. FossJanuary 16, 2012
Q: I'm the type of student who writes two page papers when asked to write a paragraph, corrects teachers, and bursts into tears at the sight of an A-. What do teachers think of students like me? A: I can’t speak for all teachers, but what ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Advice for Overachievers

Ask a Teacher: College, Jobs, and Occupation

By Mr. FossDecember 22, 2011
Q: I'm currently studying to be a teacher, but my studies and recent events such as the Occupy Wall Street movement have raised a lot of questions for me about education. It has become abundantly clear that high school+university≠job, except perhaps for flipping burgers. Yet ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: College, Jobs, and Occupation

Ask a Teacher: Are You Friends with Your Students on Facebook?

By Mr. FossNovember 23, 2011
Q: Are you on Twitter and Facebook? Are you friends with your students? A: I have a Facebook account, and it’s getting to the point where most of the other teachers I know have them, too. It’s just a super-convenient way to keep in touch and ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Are You Friends with Your Students on Facebook?

Ask a Teacher: Why Do Teachers Assign Old, Boring Books?

By Mr. FossNovember 4, 2011
Q: Why do teachers always assign old books, often really boring books, for students to read? Wouldn't assigning more modern, interesting books show students the joys of learning? I know I got turned off from Shakespeare after being assigned Macbeth seven years in a row. ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Why Do Teachers Assign Old, Boring Books?