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Ask a Teacher: Do You Ever Try to Set Students Up?

By Mr. TocheSeptember 26, 2011
Here's the complete question: Do you ever try to set students up? If not, do you make ideal pairings of students in your head? Not to repeat myself from my last column, but oh HELL no. Really, I'd rather lock myself in a coffin filled with scorpions ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do You Ever Try to Set Students Up?

Ask a Teacher: Do You Like Assigning Group Projects?

By Mr. TocheSeptember 15, 2011
Q: Do you like assigning group projects?  If so, why? A: At the risk of sounding too emphatic, oh HELL no. It is, of course, highly probable that you will have to learn how to work in groups in your life. But do group projects actually prepare ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do You Like Assigning Group Projects?

Ask a Teacher: Can You Tell When Students Have Crushes on Each Other?

By Mr. TocheSeptember 7, 2011
Q: Can teachers tell when students have crushes on each other? A: Now this is an interesting question for several reasons. First, it's not as if the interactions that go on in classrooms are completely unlike interactions in other social settings. Yes, you're not always sitting ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Can You Tell When Students Have Crushes on Each Other?

Ask a Teacher: On Spiral-Bound Notebooks

By Mr. TocheAugust 30, 2011
Q: Are there any school supplies that drive you nuts? A: Spiral-bound notebooks. I'm not saying that they're creations of the Devil himself; they're more likely the products of the fevered dreams of the illegitimate offspring of Satan. Seriously, why do these things still exist?  We ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: On Spiral-Bound Notebooks

Ask a Teacher: Do You Grade Your Favorites Less Strictly?

By Mr. TocheAugust 24, 2011
Q: Do you grade your favorites less strictly? A: In a perfect world, everyone would be exactly the same in the eyes of the teacher, and would naturally get equal treatment during the grading of exams and papers. As a Respectable Professional, I'd like to say ... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Do You Grade Your Favorites Less Strictly?