Every once in a while the stars align for us as teachers and we are part of an amazing lesson. Notice I didn't say "we teach an amazing lesson." For me, part of Becoming Teacherly is being a member of my classes rather than being the leader. Paolo Freire (1970) wrote in The Pedagogy of the Oppressed that everyone learns from each other when they engage in conversation: “Through dialogue, the teacher-of-the-students and the students-of-the-teacher cease to exist and a new term emerges: teacher-student with students-teachers. The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach” (p. 80). Thi
As I walked into the technology lab, I saw a PhD candidate sitting at a computer with a bank of multiple choice questions on one screen and what appeared to be the start of an exam on the other screen. I could see she was copying questions from the bank into her document. "What class are you taking that you have to create a multiple choice exam? That must be excruciating!" As soon as I asked my question the candidate spun around. "I'm not in course work anymore! I'm teaching a class--this is for my students so I know if they did the reading or not!" I was aware she was a quant-y PhDer, but I didn't realize until just then how far apart we were from each other on the educational spectrum.