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ERIC Number: ED355516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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The Teacher Celebrates Writing.
Romano, Tom
Although it is satisfying and fulfilling to be part of the professional conversation on English teaching, and to have had one's writing published in journals, two difficulties should be noted. First, the notion still persists that it is publication alone that validates the writing experience. Second, it is wrong to encourage teachers only to write professional articles. Recently, it has become more acceptable to use stories to illustrate concepts in professional teaching articles, a welcome and helpful change in a theory-laden field. Stories are often the best mode for explaining difficult concepts, and, in a sense, the living are kept alive through stories. One girl's story about Italian immigrants entering New York in 1914 displays the magical, myth-like qualities that good storytelling is able to invoke. The story, called "The Wooden Pony," greatly moved her teacher-writer father, whose own father had come to America from Italy and whose treasured wooden pony carved for him as a keepsake by a boyhood friend, provided the basis for the tale. The teacher father rewarded his daughter by having a toy wooden pony, like the one in the story, carved for her. The poignancy of both the tale and the writing experience of the girl demonstrates the passion that allows writers to become totally immersed in their stories. Teachers as writers should allow themselves to experience such immersions quite apart from the professional articles that make up most of the writing produced by educators. It is good, occasionally, to pursue the written word with a reckless abandon, to pay respect to perceptions and feelings, and ideas, the great respect of exploring them through writing without regard to whether it is published or not. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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