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What Happens if a Teacher Suspects Abuse?

By Mr. JonesNovember 1, 2012
Q: “What would a teacher do if they see a student go through an abusive situation but they don't want to report it?” A: A teacher will and should report it. Always. If I were to ask you what’s the paramount priority of any adult in a school, ... More  →
What Happens if a Teacher Suspects Abuse?

Why Does Everybody Like The Catcher in the Rye?

By Mr. JonesOctober 12, 2012
A high school English teacher tackles your questions. Q: Why does everybody love The Catcher in the Rye soooo much? I just read it and it was awful. Holden was whiny and annoying, not to mention pretentious. So why do all my classmates think he's ... More  →
Why Does Everybody Like The Catcher in the Rye?

Ask a Teacher: Midterm Advice

By Mr. JonesFebruary 8, 2012
Q: What's the best way to study for a midterm, whether it is English, History, Mathematics, Science, etc., and not freak out, AND get a good score all at once? A: Wow, there’s a lot of pent-up anxiety in that question. The fact that midterm/finals anxiety ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Midterm Advice

Ask a Teacher: Are Some Students Just Stupid?

By Mr. JonesNovember 28, 2011
Q: Do you think some students are just plain stupid? A: No. No. A thousand times, NO! I encounter this mentality a lot as a Special Education teacher. Sadly, it’s often manifested in the attitudes of some of my students. Maybe it’s the label they got in ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Are Some Students Just Stupid?

Ask a Teacher: Did You Have a Life Before You Were a Teacher?

By Mr. JonesNovember 10, 2011
Q: Did you have a life before you were a teacher? Do you ever look back and think, "Wow...I used to be so cool." A: That’s silly. Until I became a teacher, I never considered myself “cool.” My life before I became a teacher was a series ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Did You Have a Life Before You Were a Teacher?

Ask a Teacher: Dealing with Hover Parents

By Mr. JonesOctober 18, 2011
Q: How do you deal with hover parents who get angry at you or complain about your teaching methods? Do you ever treat the child of that parent differently afterwards, whether you mean to or not? A: A common question I get from my non-teacher friends ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Dealing with Hover Parents

Ask a Teacher: Why Is Hidden Meaning Important?

By Mr. JonesSeptember 8, 2011
Q: Why do English teachers insist on finding the authors "hidden meaning" behind every tree and stone mentioned in a story? A: There are three main reasons. The first is because we know you hate it. By nature, we’re sadists and we like to make students ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Why Is Hidden Meaning Important?

Ask a Teacher: What's Your Favorite Book?

By Mr. JonesAugust 31, 2011
Q: What’s your favorite book? Why? A: In high school, I never read for pleasure. I read assigned books, I participated in the discussions and I aced my assignments. But never just for fun. If I wasn’t being graded on it, why bother? I felt that ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: What's Your Favorite Book?

Ask a Teacher: Do Teachers Ever Crush on Students?

By Mr. JonesAugust 29, 2011
Q: Do teachers ever crush on students? A: Yes. And it’s always disgusting. Even if there's not a Grand Canyon-type age difference between the teacher and the student, a teacher crush is very creepy. I don’t have personal experience with this. I’ve never found myself infatuated with a ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do Teachers Ever Crush on Students?

Ask a Teacher: Do You Gossip About Students?

By Mr. JonesAugust 18, 2011
Welcome to Ask a Teacher! In this new series, a group of hilarious educators will tell you the TRUTH about what goes on in the teachers' lounge. First up, meet Mr. Jones!—Sparkitors Q: Do you gossip about students with the other teachers? A: Absolutely. ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do You Gossip About Students?