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Do Teachers Hate Certain Students?

By Mr. JungNovember 2, 2012
Q: Is it possible for a teacher to hate a student, or pick a favorite? A: Sure, it’s possible. As a student, I noticed this happening with certain teachers. In fact, sometimes I was even the favorite—and sometimes the exact opposite. I didn’t necessarily campaign for ... More  →
Do Teachers Hate Certain Students?

Why Is All of My Work Due at the Same Time?

By Mr. JungOctober 2, 2012
Q: Why do teachers from different subjects always have their assessments due in the same week? A: While I wish I could speak to you in hushed tones about a major, international conspiracy involving teachers and a plot to slowly, incrementally, alter the very nature of ... More  →
Why Is All of My Work Due at the Same Time?

Ask A Teacher: What's the Ideal Class Size?

By Mr. JungMay 21, 2012
Q: What do you think is the ideal class size? A: The general line is that smaller classes are better. Try and imagine someone making the following argument with a straight face: “I would learn so much better if there were another thirty kids in this ... More  →
Ask A Teacher: What's the Ideal Class Size?

Ask a Teacher: What's Your Favorite Shakespeare Play?

By Mr. JungApril 13, 2012
Q: What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Why? A: This is a tough question, because it requires an exclusive answer—it’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is. The temptation is to offer a cop-out answer like “I love them all equally,” when in reality, I ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: What's Your Favorite Shakespeare Play?

Ask A Teacher: Do You Ever Wonder What Students Say About You?

By Mr. JungApril 4, 2012
Q: Do you ever wonder what the students say about you? And, if you hear about it somehow, do you ever try and change the way students think about you? A: Maybe I’m normalizing a personal neurosis, but I find it difficult to imagine someone who ... More  →
Ask A Teacher: Do You Ever Wonder What Students Say About You?

Ask a Teacher: Admissions Essays

By Mr. JungMarch 5, 2012
Q: I am a high school freshman, applying to the Columbia University Science Honors Program. It's a highly selective, math and science program that meets weekly in the city if I get in. The problem? There is an essay that I have no idea what I ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Admissions Essays

Ask a Teacher: Do You Get Tired of Needy Students?

By Mr. JungFebruary 27, 2012
Q: Do you ever get tired of helping needy students? The ones that show up at your office every other day with questions? A: I wrote a whole lot on this question, before realizing that I’m not totally clear on what you mean by “needy.” Based ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do You Get Tired of Needy Students?

Ask a Teacher: Do You Remember Former Students?

By Mr. JungFebruary 15, 2012
Q: Years after we have moved on, do you remember old students? A: Yes, almost always. I might not immediately remember their names or when they took my class, but if you gave me a little time and maybe a prompt or two, I’m guessing I ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do You Remember Former Students?

Ask a Teacher: Have You Ever Taken a Pointless Class?

By Mr. JungJanuary 23, 2012
Q: When you were in school, did you ever take a class that you felt was utterly pointless to your life? If so, how did you get through it? A: Yes, indeed. In my experience, the feeling that certain things are utterly pointless to my life ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Have You Ever Taken a Pointless Class?

Ask a Teacher: Does Your Mind Ever Wander While You're Teaching?

By Mr. JungJanuary 19, 2012
Q: Does your mind ever wander while you’re teaching class? What do you think about? A: To be honest, my mind stays razor-focused at all times, and brings an almost frightening intensity to bear on every single solitary…I’m sorry, what were we talking about? The apartment ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Does Your Mind Ever Wander While You're Teaching?