Really, what’s The Matter?
It has been a little under two years since The Matter (thematter.org) was first created, and it is once again impressing students and faculty of Northwood. Created and run by an anonymous Northwood student, The Matter is a collection of surprisingly personal interviews that bring new insight on Northwood faculty’s life experiences. Just recently this year, two new interviews were posted that were with English teacher Sara Katlen and math teacher Lisa Schneider.
According to the website owner, who he is “doesn’t matter,” but the people he interviews does, hence the name “The Matter.” The point of the website is to build empathy for teachers and show how, outside of teaching, they are similar to their students. The site is usually updated every month, with the addition of a new teacher interview.
“The Matter is such an interesting concept and I am grateful that we have such bright students who start things like this,” junior Christopher Pettit said. “It really gave me a deep insight into the personal lives of my teachers and I learned so much from it. I hope students have more creative ideas like this project in the future.”
But it is not only students who are learning from this website. Staff members, too, are learning more about one another and this website allows them to open up to other in a way that they never have been able to do before.
“It allows students to get to know their teachers on a much more intimate, personal and, most importantly, really human level,” interviewee Bryan Hoang said.