ERIC Number: ED237182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-28
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing To Risk.
Burnham, Lynn B.
Innovation Abstracts, v5 n31 Oct 28 1983
An instructor had an experience in which both she and a student grew by taking risks. In the process of evaluating English compositions, the instructor found a student's paper that lacked the mechanics of writing but showed creativity and maturity. Working closely with this student the instructor discovered how quickly he learned. Although they had a good working relationship, the student, who was a minority, was distrustful of what the instructor represented. During a confrontation concerning a composition, the student shared many personal feelings and doubts. The central issue was that the instructor would not let the student quit. The instructor decided to write a poem about the student and share it with him. By doing this she felt that she was taking a risk by relating personally to the student just as he had risked the loss of autonomy in her office. The student was grateful, not so much for the poem, but for the instructor's reaching out to him. The instructor felt that this rare kind of interaction crystallized for her why she had remained an educator and reminded her of the risk that accompanies that choice. (EM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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