Today's tiny teaching tip (10):
If you've got a class that's regularly just a bit too loud, resist the temptation to keep speaking louder to make yourself heard.
Try the opposite: consciously lower your volume to just above a whisper for a week or two.
Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage eighteen years ago today.
Today, same-sex marriage is legal in all states.
Between May 17, 2004 and December 31, 2004, nearly one in five marriages in Massachusetts was a same-sex marriage.
Today's tiny teaching tip (9):
Pretend that everything you teach is inherently fascinating, regardless of your real opinion or the opinions you suspect the class might have.
Part of planning well is working out what makes something - anything - potentially interesting.
The way Shakespeare's works (especially his comedies) are taught in high school is horrendous. Teachers focus on the iambic pentameter and the obscure themes but what makes Shakespeare so much fun is the messy telenovela levels of drama.
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Today I had to explain to a grown man (aged 52) that women do not have a continuous supply of milk. He thought it was something that happened in puberty, that women get a period and milk at the same time. He thought that.