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Thursday, January 26, 2012


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Never for a minute did I doubt that you were a good teacher. But to read about your work now, in this lesson and in so many others, and to see the intention, the craft, and your obvious mastery of curiculum design and delivery—I'm totally blown away. Again, it's not that I didn't think you could teach like this. It's more like, "Wow, that's such a damn good lesson. This is what real teaching was meant to be."

Please keep writing about what you do, if for no other reason than I have for so long now wanted to be able to point the hundreds of teachers who contact me each year to one place where they could read about and learn about and truly feel the power or great teaching.

I am inspired by what you are doing here. Other educators need your inspiration, too.

Steve Peha
Founder, Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc.

PS If you don't keep teaching and writing like this all year long (and collecting student samples, too), and if you dont spend the summer pulling everything together into a book, Margot and I are going to fly out to Phoenix and chain you to a computer and a desk, and make you write and write and write some more, until everything you have is as polished, as shiny, and as tasty as the best apple any teacher ever received. More educators need to understand your work and see the results you get from it, especially now as administrators all over the country are telling teachers every day that they will not be allowed to teach the way you do because they have to use some ridiculous program to make sure kids can write meaningless drivel to pass state tests.

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