Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ch. 6: Fire and Water

In this chapter the author reminisces about his own experience teaching in urban classrooms. While some teachers are "on fire" in the classroom, others are drowning or barely treading water. As a teacher, sometime in your career you too will feel yourself somewhere along that range of fire and water. Not every class of every day will be worthy of the next feel-good Hollywood screenplay. Don't worry, it's not you. But, after you get some experience under your belt, you'll also find that not every day is a just-getting-by day, either.

Great quote, from page 54:
"The point, for me, is that a teacher's work must be at once grounded in the challenges of the present moment and directed toward the hope of a better future, of what might be. In that respect, the saving grace, always, is the kids themselves."

'Nuff said.

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