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Rob Sterner

English teacher, Film buff, Filmmaker, Writer, Musician, Photographer, Runner, Taoist, Thinker, List maker...
Rob Sterner has written 119 posts for A Chance to Live Many Lives

Leadership and Longform Reporting

I’ve learned that teaching leadership isn’t a sink or swim proposition.  Just chucking someone into a leadership position isn’t a good way to teach leadership.  It requires modeling leadership, offering opportunities for practice(in action), revision of methods, and finally, eventually, hopefully… real leadership.  At the moment we’re still in the modeling phase. In this video … Continue reading

Leadership and Longform Journalism

My Personal Learning Goals For Marking Period 1 After looking at my teaching and journalism work from last year, I’ve set two goals for myself for the first marking period. Goal 1: Leadership I want to learn how to better foster leadership among my students.  I know what it means to be a leader in the … Continue reading

On Pie, Teaching and Learning

What does an English teacher really need? Desks, books, paper, pencils. Tech? Only a maybe… Continue reading

Blogging Challenge: Week 1

What should be considered “essential” curriculum in any discipline? I like to think my first job, even before teaching my students the English curriculum, is to help the kids to become good people.  I’m not certain if this something I came to realize on my own or something my father–a retired teacher–pointed out to me. … Continue reading

Day 4: What do you love most about teaching?

Some days it is tough to remember the things I love about teaching.  I just finished covering a class–for students with multiple and severe disabilities–and the soul-crushing futility (or so it could seem) of reaching and teaching some of these students is depressing.  And I was only in there with them for a single period. … Continue reading

Day 3: Room for Improvement

Ok, so my days of the blog challenge are not consecutive.  Sue me.  But I’m still thinking about them, so pffft!  They’re not going to be consecutive… Day 3: Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation. I’m naturally a quiet and introverted person.  I like to sit and … Continue reading

Day 2: EdTech Integration

Day 2: Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration. In the past I have experimented with using Twitter to tweet as characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and using Storify to analyze those character tweets. … Continue reading

Day 1: Blog Challenge!

After reading some of the posts by my friend and colleague, Brianna Crowley, over at Red Pen Confessions  about her blog challenge from TeachThought.com I thought I should give it a try as well.  So here’s to Day 1! Day 1: Write your goals for the school year.  Be as specific or abstract as you … Continue reading

Code-Switching and Register

When I began my career as an English teacher(2004), my understanding was that a key part of my job was to help students (read:drag kicking and screaming) to learn to write more formally.  They often began writing as they spoke with their peers.  That is with slang, elliptical speech, and in fragments.  Clearly such language would be unacceptable … Continue reading

My 4 Classroom Rules and 3 Rules I Loathe

  When I began teaching at Hershey High School back in the fall of 2004, I was not entirely your usual neophyte teacher.  Sure, I only had a half-year long-term substitute teaching position under my belt for teaching experience.  But I wasn’t straight out of college.  I had some five years of distance from those … Continue reading