Teacher Challenges Students to Think, Take Risks

by Erin Albanese

Mike Swift flipped off the lights in his eighth-grade language arts classroom. He momentarily went into the hall, cracked open the door and peered in, staring. His students shrieked. Swift had created an image they are not likely to forget when they read the lines in Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart:" "Every night about twelve o'clock I slowly opened his door. And when the door was opened wide enough I put my hand in, and then my head"...