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Othello Voice Recording

For this assignment, I chose to record myself as Othello, addressing her in lines 2.1.199-209, during his return to Cyprus. I liked this passage, because it reflected just how deeply rooted the emotions in Othello were, particularly early on in the play. Since he was obviously not so loving towards the end of the play, this passage highlights just how difficult […]

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Othello Close Readings

For this post, I will be examining two passages from Shakespeare’s Othello and doing two things with each. First, I will paraphrase the lines, and secondly, I will provide an analysis of the passage.   First Passage: My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both […]

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How about a classroom without grades?

Previously … Despite the repetition being favored by teachers such as the one mentioned from Judge Memorial, it seems that the reason these techniques are favored is simply because of how society encourages these techniques to be used. Again prompted by a similar question, our Judge Memorial teacher’s ideal world looked like “students being eager to learn. Students would dare […]

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Best Way to Teach Part 2

Previously … So, then, we have arrived at a null conclusion. By using standardized testing to analyze metacognitive teaching, we cannot examine its efficacy. If, however, we conclude that standardized testing is objectively the best way to examine the efficacy of teaching methods, then there is no question that traditional, boring methods of teaching are the most effective. …   […]

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What is the best way to teach?

By far the most interesting comment on teaching is George Bernard Shaw’s notion that “he who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” In an almost revolting misjudgment of teaching, one effectively sums up the reason that effective pedagogy can be so difficult to pinpoint. Shaw was an unsurprising critic, since according to Michael Holroyd’s biography of Shaw*, he hated school. […]

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Can alternative energy sources replace oil?

On the topic of alternative energies, one of the most common arguments about why we ought to continue using natural gas, fossil fuels, and otherwise unclean energies is that we do not possess the resources or technology to “make the switch” to clean energy. This is an extremely popular argument by those who work in the industries that produce fossil […]

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Are Americans Becoming More Complacent About Important Issues?

The United States’ political climate in 2017 has been volatile. The public distrust of media and “Fake News”, alongside the fractures in character of powerful men around the country in the “#metoo” movement, have set new precedents for what can and cannot be done. Once upon a time, in the United States, this precedent was set by casting votes, since […]

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Nuclear Obliteration – How Close Are We?

Murmurs of Kim Jong Un’s proximity to the big red button have been common lately. The big red button, of course, being the theoretical button that launches weapons capable of destroying the planet. Perhaps, then, it should be something more significant than a big red button. Maybe something like a Saw trap, wherein the person must sacrifice their hand in […]

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The Best Time to be Alive

It’s funny; if you go to Google and search “best time to be alive”, what will appear is probably exactly what you’d expect. Of course, there are many reasons why we might want to be living in the 20s, or the 70s or 80s, but when it comes down to it, the consensus choice for time of living is in […]

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What is the fastest that humans will ever go?

I personally have watched countless movies, T.V. shows, and documentaries that detail the incredible world of space exploration. Our biggest limitation, and the reason humans have never stepped foot an a celestial body outside of the Earth and Moon, is the speed at which we move through space. As it stands, it takes days to get to the closest celestial […]

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