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ERIC Number: ED435507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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Changing Practice.
Benson, Chris, Ed.
Bread Loaf Rural Teacher Network Magazine, Spr-Sum 1999
This serial issue contains nine articles all on the subject of "changing practice," i.e., innovative practices of rural English teachers in the Bread Loaf Rural Teacher Network. "Byte-ing into Medieval Literature" (John Fyler) describes an online conference on medieval literature for rural high school students. "Literacy in Cattle Country" (Dan Furlow) tells how a New Mexico high school teacher based English instruction on community needs and idiosyncrasies and implemented interactive journal writing to engage students. In "Crossing Cultures, Changing Practices" (Kate Flint), an Oxford (England) University professor describes how implementing techniques she learned through Bread Loaf has increased her students' confidence and expanded her cultural horizons professionally and personally. "Fieldwork: A Research Approach to Creating Classroom and School Change" (Allison Holsten) recounts how student research on school culture engaged students and gave them a new perspective on their own behavior. "Learning To Be at Home: A Course in Cultures of the American Southwest" (John Warnock) describes how a writing teacher has students locate themselves, through writing, in their home culture, then strive to be "at home" with cultures of the American Southwest. "The Romance of Teaching: An Interview with Vito Perrone" (Chris Benson) explores the idea that good teaching is based on personal experience, inquiry, and a locally relevant curriculum. "Practice and Change in the Teaching Life" (Stephan Schadler) discusses various teaching practices learned through participation in Bread Loaf, which ranks inquiry as paramount. "Staying Afloat: How Teaching Revises My Life" (Tilly Warnock) explains that we revise our worlds and ourselves through language, and that understanding writing as rewriting yields wonderful results. "Teaching outside the Comfort Zone" (Susan McCauley) describes the challenge of teaching in rural Alaska, where conventional educational practices are not relevant to the subsistence lifestyle of indigenous people. (TD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Middlebury Coll., VT. Bread Loaf School of English