ERIC Number: EJ832457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
A Tribute to Teaching: Putting It on the Line
Berk, Ronald A.
College Teaching, v57 n2 p126-127 Spr 2009
When the author retired from teaching after thirty-seven years, he had taught elementary school, junior high school, and thirty years at Johns Hopkins University. He always loved being in the classroom with his students. They energized him, inspired him, humbled him, and taught him in many ways. He learned more from them than they learned from him. Reflecting on all of his classroom experiences, he wanted to offer a tribute to the teaching profession by crafting a metaphor that would hopefully span time and resonate with others who are contemplating a teaching career or those who continue to teach after many colleagues have retired. Selecting a theme from the musical "A Chorus Line," the author discusses "putting it on the line" and what it means to offer mind, body, heart and soul in teaching and in life.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Career Choice, Hermeneutics, Figurative Language, Quality of Working Life, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Teacher Student Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Classroom Environment, Teaching Styles, Teacher Influence
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