Five years ago Warren Hynes, a newspaper columnist, decided to leave the world of journalism and teach high school English. Like so many other career switchers, he brought some unique experiences from his previous life to the classroom, along with only a vague idea of how they might relate to working with teenagers. In the time that he’s been teaching, Hynes has discovered how his reporting skills could be applied to being a good educator. There are some great lessons here for all of us who teach. (There are many working journalists who should review this material as well.)