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Ben Talsma

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March 4, 2020 Just Grading

“If you could, can you give my bonus points to whoever scores lowest?” So wrote an 11th-grader from…

February 21, 2020 The Liquid Curriculum

You’ve got a lesson you want to teach but you’re looking for a great resource. Something thought-provoking, but conceptually accessible. There’s a zone…

February 12, 2020 Think Weirder

“And then they called me a weirdo,” she said with tears in her eyes, “and they wouldn’t stop. They followed me around and…

January 29, 2020 Take A Chance on Teachers

All life comes with a degree of risk. Will you pursue that dream? Will you take that job? Should you invest in something now with…

January 8, 2020 What They Don’t Tell You in Teacher School

They don’t tell you that if you teach long enough—if you teach enough students and touch enough lives—then one day you’ll open the…

December 18, 2019 Are Teachers Being Driven Away?

Teachers are being driven out of the classroom. Ever since 2012, teacher turnover has been skyrocketing.…

December 4, 2019 On Selling

Hello. My name is Ben, and I’m selling something. Now, I don’t feel particularly comfortable about that. By nature I’m a…

November 20, 2019 Why Kids Are Like Bacteria

If you’re a teacher, you know that kids are an awful lot like bacteria. I mean, of course, that if you give them the correct…