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ERIC Number: EJ1112168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
One to Grow On/Fox Taming and Teaching
Tomlinson, Carol Ann
Educational Leadership, v74 n1 p92-93 Sep 2016
In this article, Carol Ann Tomlinson, an English teacher of 20 years is asked from time to time, what her favorite book is. Her response, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1943), the story of a little boy who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. At one particularly dismaying moment in his journey, he comes upon a fox in a meadow. In a short time, the Little Prince asks the fox to play with him--to enter his world. "I cannot play with you," says the fox, "I am not tamed." Uncertain about the concept, the boy asks how he should go about taming the fox. The curious traveler asks what it means to be tamed. The response from the fox is important. "It means to establish ties," he says. The fox continues to explain that, at the moment, he's nothing special to the little boy and the little boy is nothing special to him. Teaching, as "The Little Prince suggests," is about relationships first. In time, Tomlinson explains, she understood that one of the great satisfactions of teaching is that those who teach are the primary beneficiaries of the process. They are re-made each year with the passing through of each child. Each learner tames them as a necessary condition of the teachers taming them. Tomlinson notes that the "best teaching"--and the "best relationships"--work that way.
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Language: English
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