As a public educator, I aim to share my story with those interested about what really happens inside today's classroom. I hope my stories inspire, educate, and entertain you, as the calling of teaching is never neat or predictable. Please note that my blog content does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or beliefs of my school district or colleagues.
Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown
My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Stumbling into Critical Exploration
I'm linking to an exciting short essay by a former peer Paul Larochelle, an English teacher at ACS International School outside of London, published this month in English Journal:
In his essay, Paul describes an experience that I've referred to as "stumbling into critical exploration." He was teaching the translated text of Elie Wiesel's Night, and when a student who was reading a different translation pointed out a significant discrepancy in the meaning of one line, Paul launched a class investigation into the two translations, in the process uncovering meaningful and substantive lessons about language use, grammatical concepts, and ultimately the writing process.
As this teaching narrative builds paragraph after paragraph, it illustrates so many of the most important lessons from my graduate school courses. I encourage you all to take a look. Happy reading!