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ERIC Number: EJ783611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Rising to the Challenge of Transformation
Moog, Rina
English Journal, v97 n2 p11-12 Nov 2007
Change is hard. Teachers and students live with this reality everyday. Even harder than change is transformation, the kind of change that alters who a person is forever. Yet transformation is exactly what happens in the presence of powerful teaching and learning, especially in English classrooms where everyone uses language to negotiate new understandings about themselves and their world. As Katie Wood Ray says, "Sometimes, we can learn so much--all at once--that it changes who we are". This is transformation, and although it is difficult and sometimes scary, it is what everybody must be striving for as teachers and learners in today's dynamic society. Certainly, everybody can all point to specific turning points in their lives, but transformation comes about by a series of instances that when strung together form the chain of who they have become and line the path they walk toward opportunities on the horizon. Thus, it has become important for the author as an educator not simply to measure each lesson's value independently but to gauge the synergy of lessons presented throughout a unit or a year. It doesn't matter that students remember a particular passage from a book, but it does matter that years later they accurately evaluate information and confidently express their ideas. For this reason, the author states that teachers must view the immediate needs of testing and short-term goals as situated within the larger context of their obligation as educators to provide students with tools to achieve future successes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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