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“Our Students,” Weber:  The Contemporary West, Spring 2012

“I had no training, no certification, no background in pedagogy.  But for the first couple weeks I tried, arriving early in a shirt and tie and smiling until my face felt sore from it.  I crafted the kind of lessons that interested me at their age:  a slide show of Arizona’s geologic past, a PBS documentary on Geronimo, articles on current events, group work.  My students couldn’t care less.  Everything was boring.  Copying notes was too much.  Reading was too much.  They quit at the first tingle of discomfort.”