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Teacher of the Day

Name: Leonard Caplan

School: Melrose High School

Subject(s) Taught: TV Production, English

State: MA

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

Try not to lose your cool. The key is not to take things personally. Kids LOVE to make the teacher react. That's their goal just to have "fun". Once they realize they aren't going to get you to "perform" for them, you'll have an easier time teaching. As far as actual teaching, even though your ideal goal is to have everyone in your class learn, it's not actually going to happen; not even close. If you actually reach 5 or 10 kids, you're a success.

What’s the nicest thing a student or colleague has ever done to help you?:

My first year Melrose students pitched in and had a special jacket made for me at the end of the school year, which I wear to this day.

What was the last (non-academic) book you read?

Revere Beach Boulevard by Roland Merullo

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be doing?

I would be simply doing video production, shooting, editing, etc.

What is the most challenging part of teaching?

Dealing with students not interested in the material, and overcrowding.

My best day in the classroom was when…

I could sit down and be in front of the camera and let my students be in control of directing, audio and all the shots.

What’s your secret snack indulgence?

Pistachio nuts


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