catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Teaching Well

vol. 10, num. 17 :: 2011.09.30 — 2011.10.13

From pre-schoolers through tenured professors, folks in the northern hemisphere have settled into the routines of the academic year.  For many, this rhythm eventually ends, but for teachers it can last for decades.  Who stands out in your story as an excellent teacher?  How are you trying to be a good educator, vocationally or otherwise?



Dishes on the red sled

A mother reflectson what she’s learning from her home educated daughters.

If you want to teach well

A short lesson on listening to and appreciating children for who they are.

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In search of a good education

A parent reflects on the privilege of choosing among a wealth of schooling options.


Women who teach

Remembering the many women who taught me well.


The Reader’s Digest version: B.S. Education

A teacher shares what she’s learned from forty years of various teaching experiences.

Taking a red crayon to a white wall

How the students in a free writing workshop have taught the teacher.

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Teacher traits

Learning from grandma’s Sunday School habits.

The Fourposter

Weaving the story of four decades of gratitude and glory.

I remember the names of all my teachers

A “difficult” student reflects on the teachers who did and didn’t treat her as a problem child.

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Life changer

Remembering the pedagogy of Mrs. Schrager.

Connecting the dots

Tracing a life full of learning experiences.

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Are you having fun yet?

Remembering a favorite professor, beyond the first impression.

Organic chemistry

A second-career student reflects on making connections in class.

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A tale of three or four teachers

Learning from the ancestral line about intuition vs. skill in teaching.


A dangerous adventure

A review of the book The Ignorant Schoolmaster by Jacques Rancière.

In case you missed it the first time

Under my skin

A period of service in Haiti leaves a language arts teacher transformed.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be clueless

On passing down skills in community.

Weaving the web

Becoming communities of grace

Mark Vander Vennen writes on practicing a Jubilee model of relationship in Christian schools.


Good teaching will probably be slow and boring

Alissa Wilkinson comments on a lecture by James K.A. Smith.


De-grading the grade

Poetry professor Jack Ridl writes about his experiment in eliminating grades.


daily asterisk

With small towns shrinking and services eroding, many Dakotans retain an appalling innocence about what it means to be rural in contemporary America. The year we lost our J.C. Penney store, young people were quoted in the town’s weekly newspaper as saying they’d like to see a McDonald’s or a K Mart open in its place. Somehow they have not grasped that in modern American capitalism, which they defend vociferously in the annual American Legion Auxiliary essay contest, the market is everything. Since there is no market here, nothing that counts demographically, we don’t exist.

Kathleen Norris

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