Interview Writeup: Gatsby In LA

Ellie Herman, the TV-writer-turned-English-teacher behind the Gatsby In LA blog, is working on a project so interesting I was hooked as soon as I heard about it: She is visiting classrooms and talking to teachers across the socioeconomic spectrum in L.A., from the lowest-income neighborhood to the most elite private school, to see what education looks like in a variety of contexts and to tell the stories of real teachers on the ground. In the process, she hopes to answer two main questions: 1. What is great teaching? 2. What is the purpose of education?

Here is her writeup of our conversation on what makes a great teacher, what doesn’t, and why the myth of the super teacher doesn’t help kids.