A Leap of Faith – A Teacher’s Perspective

Part two today – Teacher’s Perspective — enjoy

The Mercenary Researcher

Unconditional Teaching

“Accepting students for who they are, rather than what they do, is integrally related to the teaching of a whole child”

– Alfie Kohn, The Whole Child

People often ask me why I am a teacher, they say things like “Well, you must have a really hard time with all the testing and standardized learning” or “That must require a lot of grading.” When I respond with “ No, the school I teach in does not believe in testing” or “ I really don’t grade, we write individual assessments on each child’s progress” they look at me with a sense of great confusion.

You see, I teach in a progressive education school. A large majority of people don’t really know what a progressive school is, or what it is all about. When I explain to them that it is very much about fostering self- directed learning, and being…

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About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.
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