Is There Time for It All?

Students in the English Teaching Methods course that I’m teaching right now have hit the bad place in what is admittedly a really tough semester. 19 units. Student teaching. Assessments. Most of them are in middle schools–and they are enmeshed in assessment driven curriculum and standardized test preparation right now. …

Why Teach English

On the first day of my English Teaching Methods and Materials class, I gave my students a pre-assessment. The questions dealt with a variety of topics, including how to teach reading, literature, and writing; how to plan curriculum; what experiences my students had had in teaching situations; and what my …

Teacher Preparation

In my job working with pre-service teachers, I repeatedly encounter situations in which I have to ask students to slow down and think more carefully about what it takes to become a good teacher. I love Fresno State students and believe in their abilities, but I think that sometimes my …