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Philip Mohr
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
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What do I tell? Do I tell about the time I came to Mississippi as an intern in the summer of 2008? Do I tell about my longing to return while I was at St. John’s College? Do I tell about feeling called to the Mississippi Delta by God? and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at marmor infidum
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I hate holding. It is the worst thing that can happen to a school. It is dishonest, demeaning, and draining. One would think that every teacher's dream is to sit around with kids and not plan lessons or collect papers to grade. Quite the opposite! This is what most teachers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at marmor infidum
Looking through the portfolios, I tended toward those of English teachers, especially English II teachers. I was drawn in by Elise’s, Jen’s, and Stacy’s. Elise’s strongest points, I think, are in her description of her community and in her teaching strategies. She has excellent documentation of her SATP cards and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at marmor infidum
All the kiddos are seated in the gym according to class. The upperclassmen, especially the juniors, are chatting noisily. On the opposite end, the neophytes, the sophomores, look about, nerves on fire, murmuring. The teachers’ chairs are in a rectangular formation in front of the stage, facing the far wall... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at marmor infidum
My project for this summer is to work on some of my mannerisms. I have always appeared strange to people at first, and after many years came to grips with it for myself: without shame I can say with Lawrence, who may have been a fool, “It’s my manner, sir.”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at marmor infidum
Dear first-years, On behalf of most of the second-years, I will say that your presence among us is very encouraging and inspiring. Now on behalf of no one else, I say that I like my job, love my students, and yet I got even more jazzed about school after having... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at marmor infidum
Dear Class of 2009, This would be a love-letter to Brent if it had not been an assigned post. But instead I would like to thank all of you, and some especially, for a few blessings passed on over the summer and this past school year. (1) During summer school... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at marmor infidum
In my classroom, I will keep all my side tables as clean as possible. I had a problem with clutter in the middle of the year that drove me crazy, both because it looked ugly and because my students had more license to mess with my stuff when it seemed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at marmor infidum
So I recently had a meditation centered on this bit of dialogue. An old friend was talking to me about the struggles of and with young people in poverty. He deferred to me, to my surprise, on some point that I had expected to provoke more conversation. I objected to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at marmor infidum
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at marmor infidum
A lady from the church I attend approached me last week and invited me to have lunch with her after the Sunday service. I agreed to it, imagining a quiet afternoon with an elderly widow who would serve me some fried foods followed by tea and cookies on quaint little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at marmor infidum
μικρὰ ζύμη ὅλον τὸ φύραμα ζυμοῖ. I have been meditating recently on some of Jesus’ parables: He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at marmor infidum
Before suffering my comments, please read Pasi Sahlberg’s article “Learning from Finland,” found here. I share some of the sentiments found in that article, especially the one pushing for a new view of the teacher as a professional regarded with the same confidence as a medical doctor. And when I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at marmor infidum
Someone with a documentarian’s fetish for eyewitness testimony asked me to write “a day in the life” of Mr. Mohr. The only proper introduction to my daily affairs would be my students’ versions of them. At the beginning of the year, I assigned a journaling prompt called “I am Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at marmor infidum
Reaction to the section “Generating Understandings of Text” (p. 54) from Chapter 3 of Content Literacy for Today’s Adolescents I don’t know what to do about these teacher-textbooks that are telling me how to increase literacy in the content areas. I am an English teacher whose main task (despite the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at marmor infidum
In Week 5, someone in my high school decided to change students’ and teachers’ schedules. The changes were common sense—the kind of common sense that should have been there the first time the schedules were made. My schedule remained intact, but the other two first-year teachers in the English department,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at marmor infidum
I am particularly interested in the consequences of standardized testing on the education I am trying to provide. I have been interested for some time. I chose my undergraduate institution partly because of its ideological stance against standardization of learning and testing, its refusal to consider multiple choice as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at marmor infidum
On my personal blog I wrote a little something about an episode occurring this past Friday morning. It's poetic and flowery, but might be worth a read. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at marmor infidum
My roughest class has me for the block covering periods 3 and 4 together, with second lunch tacked on at the end. I have them for a grand total of 144 minutes every day. Some students are also in my RIT Instruction period, for an additional 50 minutes. Needless to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at marmor infidum
Has this experience been harder than I expected? Yes. Immeasurably. As an intern for the Mississippi Teacher Corps in 2008, I did get to see how some dealt with the challenges of first-year summer. Despite tiredness and stress, this crowd was generally cheerful about the work and the academic year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at marmor infidum
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Sep 4, 2010