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ERIC Number: EJ868491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
The Messy Teaching Conversation: Toward a Model of Collegial Reflection, Exchange, and Scholarship on Classroom Problems
Johnsen, Heidi L.; Pacht, Michelle; van Slyck, Phyllis; Tsao, Ting Man
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v37 n2 p119-136 Dec 2009
In this essay, the authors argue that only by sharing their mistakes and uncertainty can they fully reflect on their own process as teachers, only by understanding their process can they begin to identify the many factors that contribute to classroom messes in the first place, and only by acknowledging the perpetual messiness of their practice can they fully engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning. In their narratives, the authors gloss over their teaching messes, mentioning them in passing rather than fully representing them. They eschew the unexpected, messy, and slippery process through which their classes unfold in favor of clean solutions, well-designed lessons, and so-called "best practices." (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York