Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chapter 1

Teaching in the Undertow: 

Resisting the Pull of Schooling-As-Usual 

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In Chapter 1, we are introduced to the author: a white male South Carolinian teaching 7th & 8th graders on Chicago's south side. Thrust into an environment of control - "don't do this" and "don't do that" - then-idealistic Michie instead endeavors to focus on what his students and he CAN do. This Atlantic Coast native recalls his mother's words: "Be careful of the undertow." Michie connects her advice with his own suggestions for getting through the rough currents at school.

Please feel free to post comments by clicking the "(n) comment" link below. You'll find a few questions there to help guide your reading, thoughts, and posts. I look forward to your input!

1 comment:

  1. Here are some questions to guide your reading, your thoughts, and your posts. Remember: No names, please.

    * Do you notice a time of the day, week, semester, or year when the 'undertow' in your school environment is stronger or weaker?

    * Have you ever felt a time when you think the 'undertow' has swept you away? If so, how did you escape it (or did you)?

    * What do you do to celebrate the times when the waters are calm?

    * How do you bridge the murky water between control and freedom for the students in your classroom?


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