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ERIC Number: EJ1107290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
On Learning and Re-Learning: Language and Politics across the Curriculum
Brady, Monica
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v23 n2 p128-138 2016
This is a different essay from the one I set out to write. When I began, I had in mind a picture of my development as a teacher that was linear. I saw myself as a committed and enthusiastic teacher whose understanding about the nature of learning had developed over time. I had a theory that as a young teacher I was focused on content, on the idea that there were things about the world that I wanted students to learn, and that later I had come to understand the importance of the process of learning, that knowledge is constructed right there in the classroom with an input from all of us. It was a neat story with a beginning and an end. When I started to research the past, however, and found articles and essays I had written over the years, I discovered that the reality was much messier. My understanding had indeed developed and is still growing, but I was surprised at what I knew and was aware of as a young teacher. Moreover, my view about some of the aspects of my teaching that I had shelved in the 1990s, the use of fictional stories in history for example, had changed. Retirement, my efforts in writing about my experiences in the classroom, and the opportunity to work in partnership with young teachers in Palestine have given me the space to reflect upon my teaching, to theorise my practice and become clearer about my beliefs. So this essay is a glimpse of a work in progress, and it's about my identity as a teacher being just that.
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