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Hi Tim,

I've been reading your blog for a while, but I'm just starting to write comments. Thanks for all the great informative and impassioned postings about teaching. I really enjoy reading what you write and am often inspired by it.

As far as teaching to the test goes, I too, have often been guilty of this. Not only is it what the administration wants us to do, it is what the students ask for and expect.

Nonetheless, I try hard to teach my students to be good readers and writers, no matter what the situation. It works to varying degrees of success (but what doesn't?) I am strictly opposed to drilling students on old exams and multiple choice questions though. If I think it's stupid, why should I teach it?

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