vol. 10, num. 17 :: 2011.09.30 — 2011.10.13
From pre-schoolers through tenured professors, folks in the northern hemisphere have settled into the routines of the academic year. For many, this rhythm eventually ends, but for teachers it can last for decades. Who stands out in your story as an excellent teacher? How are you trying to be a good educator, vocationally or otherwise?
A mother reflectson what she’s learning from her home educated daughters.
A short lesson on listening to and appreciating children for who they are.
A parent reflects on the privilege of choosing among a wealth of schooling options.
Remembering the many women who taught me well.
A teacher shares what she’s learned from forty years of various teaching experiences.
How the students in a free writing workshop have taught the teacher.
Learning from grandma’s Sunday School habits.
Weaving the story of four decades of gratitude and glory.
A “difficult” student reflects on the teachers who did and didn’t treat her as a problem child.
Remembering the pedagogy of Mrs. Schrager.
Tracing a life full of learning experiences.
Remembering a favorite professor, beyond the first impression.
A second-career student reflects on making connections in class.
Learning from the ancestral line about intuition vs. skill in teaching.
A review of the book The Ignorant Schoolmaster by Jacques Rancière.
A period of service in Haiti leaves a language arts teacher transformed.
On passing down skills in community.
Mark Vander Vennen writes on practicing a Jubilee model of relationship in Christian schools.
Alissa Wilkinson comments on a lecture by James K.A. Smith.
Poetry professor Jack Ridl writes about his experiment in eliminating grades.
We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation. Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair, until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others. The closer we get to mass incarceration and extreme levels of punishment, the more I believe it’s necessary to recognize that we all need mercy, we all need justice, and — perhaps — we all need some measure of unmerited grace.
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