No time for a full posting this week because I am listening to and assessing the 12th-graders’ ToK Presentations during class, after school, and on weekends. It’s also time to write letters of reference for their applications to universities in the UK, the US, and Hong Kong. (Each place requires a different focus in the letters sent.) But there is enough time to note that experience is one of the best ways to gain confidence in one’s assessment of Presentations, and that experience is one of the best teachers of how to write a good letter of reference that does not sound (and is not) made with the cookie cutter. Schools that favor teachers with little experience do their seniors a disservice.