Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Author Archive

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned on the School Bus

By Alan Haskvitz • May 13th, 2017
It was a very cold morning. Bitter cold. And I didn’t have to go to work. Smug and delighted, I closed my eyes and enjoyed one of the greatest benefits of retirement: time. And with this time I began to make connections on what I had become and why and how. The quilted bed cover couldn’t hide the underlining commonality of my choices. Yes, after seven decades of life the unifying theme, the force that created my life style, paid for my children’s’ education, home, and way of living was the yellow school bus.

10 Crucial Errors: A Retired Teacher’s Guide for Retiring Teachers

By Alan Haskvitz • Apr 3rd, 2017
If you are not learning, you are dying. ~Albert Einstein I am not a financial expert or psychologist. What I am is a retired teacher, so the information that I am presenting is advice that I have learned from the wondrous and daunting task of retiring from a profession that, until recently, was my life.

Teaching or Business: The Million Dollar Question

By Alan Haskvitz • Nov 1st, 2015
For me, it was an easy choice. The lure of a career in business with its tax advantages, lucrative starting salary, and advancement based on my skills were enough to off-set the “touch the future” altruism of teaching. In economics terms, teaching was an opportunity cost and the benefits of a career in business were overwhelming. It isn’t that I didn’t feel that teaching was a noble profession and I clearly benefited from having some exemplary teachers, but it didn’t take for me long to figure out that I wanted my own office more than my own classroom.

What the Worst Teachers Can Teach Us

By Alan Haskvitz • Aug 1st, 2014
I was blessed as a teacher by having some of the worst teachers as role models and that includes public school and college. Each one of these enabled me to learn what not to do as a teacher and can provide others with ideas on how to improve their teaching. This article isn't about sour grapes, it is about turning negatives to positives and that is what we can learn from bad teachers. I am sure all of us sat through courses where the instructor lacked the basic skills to teach. It was boring and frustrating and sometimes we paid with low grades. The point is that we can learn from these weaknesses to make ourselves better teachers. Call it turning negatives into positives. Here's how to do it.

A Teacher Died Today

By Alan Haskvitz • Dec 1st, 2012
Years of experience had taught him that administrators and students come and go, but the real key to survival was to let them. All too frequently they had perceived him as a speed bump on their way to the future, not believing that his methods would be of value, despite the myriad of honors he had received, lauding his talents as a teacher

What Size Community Does it Take to Raise a Child’s Test Scores?

By Alan Haskvitz • Aug 1st, 2012
According to the author, there has never been a study done about the relationship between community size and test scores - until his students set out to change that.

What Size Community Does it Take to Raise a Child’s Test Scores?

By Alan Haskvitz • Jul 1st, 2012
What Size Community Does it Take to Raise a Child’s Test Scores?
Winston Feng with research done by students in Mr. Alan Haskvitz’s social studies class at Suzanne Middle School
Objective: To see if there is a relationship between

I’m Sorry I’m a Teacher

By Alan Haskvitz • Apr 1st, 2011
Until today, I never stopped to look at what my decision to become a teacher had cost. Now, I am sorry I became a teacher.

Great Quotes About Teaching: Motivation and Humor

By Alan Haskvitz • Mar 1st, 2011
There are easily as many good teacher quotes as there are educators, and that’s as it should be as every instructor creates their own legacy. Compiled here are some of the best quotes that provide both inspiration and insight into what has always been a demanding job.

The End of the Male Teacher: Seniority Rules

By Alan Haskvitz • Feb 1st, 2011
More lucrative occupations, cutbacks in salaries, fear of harassment charges, and possible parent bias against them are driving men from the K-12 teaching field. But the unseen culprit in this demise could be seniority.

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