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ERIC Number: ED419785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Harmonizing Self and Community in the Activity of Teaching.
Schultz, Dayvid
Using a sixth grade classroom as an example, this paper discusses balance within the classroom, including balance of instruction and learning, of intentions and actions, and of relationships. This balance holds teachers in positive tension with students, parents, and the school community. Three metaphors describe pedagogic judgment as the enactment of the aesthetic and moral balance found in teaching. They are an image of a kitchen scale used to measure out ingredients, an image of a tightrope walker, and an image of a non-symmetrical artistic pattern within which beauty can be found. The paper uses the metaphors to highlight encounters between the sixth grade classroom teacher and her students. She uses her judgment like a kitchen scale to measure ingredients that will be blended to achieve the complex experience of learning math. Like a tightrope walker, she finds balance in her response to students' conflicting demands, resisting jerky, overreaching responses. Like an artist, she interprets the perceptions of the landscape, using her intuition to respond correctly to student behavior. The students' complex weave of behavior and intentions are seen by the teacher as a whole fabric. The teacher takes an active, almost aesthetic approach that gives this pattern of individual behavior its meaningful context. The teacher makes the students consistently aware of the choices of character expressed in their daily school life, guiding them toward balanced independence. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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