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Our Mission

Our mission at The Uncommon School is to provide a place for teachers to share what they’ve learned and to learn from their peers.

The Staff of The Uncommon School produces articles, videos, podcasts and other content to teach and inspire you to be the best you can be in and outside the classroom.

Want to be a part of the community? There are two ways to share. You can join the community on Facebook or write for us. Find out more below.

Our Community

Join the Community

We’re building a community on Facebook. If you’d like to join that community, please fill out the short survey and join the conversation. Here are the rules:

  • Keep it positive. We’re here to build each other up. We may not agree on everything, but we can still agree to disagree. Also, no hate speech, racism, sexism, etc.
  • Share and share often. We may be a small group, but we can have a big impact on each other. We’d love to hear what you have to say.
  • But don’t overshare. We still have a responsibility to protect the privacy of our students and communities. You can say where you work and what you do, but no student names or private information, please.
  • Don’t say anything you’d regret. If you aren’t happy with your job, your colleagues, your school, or your district that’s your business, but when you make it public it can affect your current and future employment.
  • Keep it clean. We’re all adults, but we can be professional without using vulgar language and descriptions.
  • Keep it focused. Please don’t spam the group with things unrelated to education (e.g., sales pitches, unrelated political gripes, etc.).

So, what do we want to know? It’s simple:

  • How are you involved in education?
  • If you teach, how do you teach?
  • Tell us about yourself (where you teach, how long you’ve taught, etc.) and what you hope to get from being a part of this group.

That’s it. Thanks for being part of the group.

Write for The Uncommon School

Wanna share what you’ve learned on the website? We want to give you a platform for sharing your experiences. Here are some topics we’d like to publish about: personal stories, pedagogy, curriculum, technology, media, research, etc. We’d also like to curate the best articles, videos, and content from the web. Read something good? We wanna start a book club as well. We have big goals for what this place can be and we need you to be part of our community.

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What Is The Uncommon School?

What Is The Uncommon School?

In Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes, “It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. It is time that villages were universities, and their elder inhabitants the fellows of the universities … we are kept from school too long, and our education is sadly neglected … That is the uncommon school we want. Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men [and women].”

The purpose of this site, The Uncommon School, is to be a continuing source of education for classroom teachers looking for opportunities to share the lessons they’ve learned in the classroom and to learn from their peers. So often as we begin to be “men and women” teaching in the classroom, we get lost in the work of educating students and our own “education is sadly neglected.”

I created The Uncommon School to be a source of continuing education for teachers and a platform for sharing. To those “elder inhabitants” of our schools and districts, I invite you to be a fellow of this online space so that we can benefit from your hard-won institutional knowledge.

Thank you for being a part of this community to build our Uncommon School.

Who Is Behind The Uncommon School

Hi, Dr. Jacob Lauritzen. I’m a high school English and media teacher and college English adjunct in southeastern Arizona. My specialties are E-Learning (EdD, Northcentral University), Literature (MA, University of Akron), Creative Writing (BS, Utah Valley University), and Theatre and Cinematic Arts (AA, Eastern Arizona College). The Uncommon School is a product of me trying to find a way to combine all of my experience and interests in a way to help teachers.