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ERIC Number: EJ863988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Bad Apple: The Social Production and Subsequent Reeducation of a Bad Teacher
Cohan, Mark
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n6 p32-36 Nov-Dec 2009
This essay tells the story of one person's transformation from ineffective to effective teacher. While ostensibly a narrative of personal revelation and growth, the author reveals that re-envisioning who he is as a teacher required critical reflection on the social forces that shape people. He shows the link between his early discomforts and failures in the classroom and the basic messages about education and self-worth conveyed in the community that raised him. And he introduces us to remarkable students who taught him the real-world and classroom implications of abstractions like race and class. These experiences culminated in better teaching but, more importantly, in the recognition that we cannot know and reach our students unless we are willing to interrogate and transform the lens--the social self--that we bring to the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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