I would like to confirm with you that you did complete the EDA survey last class. So, for your 7th response question of your fourth set, please answer the following:
Response Set Four (continued)
7. Please indicate that you have completed the EDA survey from last class with the statement, “I have completed the EDA Survey.”
Thanks for confirming that 🙂
For today’s lecture I would like to share a documentary with you that I think you will find particularly interesting. The name of the documentary is TEACH. I think you will find it provides a nice summary of some of the things we have be talking about up to this point in this class. You will see examples of narratives, curriculum, student and teacher potential, grading and assessments, learning, factory/production metaphors, emphasis on time, scheduling, and efficiency. All of the things we have talked about will be evident at some point in the documentary. If you watch and listen closely, you will hopefully recognize some of the things you have been learning about play out in these teachers’ lives.
We have also spent time developing frames. You are good at that now. You could quite easily develop a frame with “TEACH” or “TEACHER” as the topic. As you watch this documentary, try to think of what that frame would look like.
Finally, the documentary provides as a context to begin to ask the deeper question of “What does it mean to teach?” As you watch this, try to think about that question. Also start to consider whether the teaching profession is a profession that you would like to be a part of.
Now on with the show
We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. To look at education in America, Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim brings us his third documentary TEACH, which asks the question, What does it take to be a teacher? Offering a rare glimpse inside four public school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds, and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. Intense and emotional, this year-in-the-life of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation, and a passion drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2013 school year.
Each of the teachers in this documentary has a story, or a narrative. The stories they have of themselves helps them maintain a positive attitude and to persevere through the difficult times. The story each one possesses also helps them overcome challenges that others might find too difficult. And, the story they have helps them relate to the students they teach.
Response Set Four (continued)
Answer each of the following questions in a couple of sentences each.
8. How do you think Shelby Harris would describe herself as a teacher? In other words what story does she have for herself as a teacher?
9. What is the story Shelby Harris has for her students? In other words, what does she believe about students?
10. How do you think Joel Lagorma would describe himself as a teacher? In other words what story does he have for himself as a teacher?
11. What is the story Joel Lagorma has for his students? In other words, what does he believe about students?
12. How do you think Matt Johnson would describe himself as a teacher? In other words what story does he have for himself as a teacher?
13. What is the story Matt Johnson has for his students? In other words, what does he believe about students?
14. How do you think Lindsey Chen would describe herself as a teacher? In other words what story does she have for herself as a teacher?
15. What is the story Lindsey Chen has for her students? In other words, what does she believe about students?
This is the last of the questions for your “Fourth Response Set.” You can email your fourth set to me as soon as you are finished. You will not have a final exam. This is the last of your submissions.
********* Please note: Monday, June 6th is the last day to submit responses. ***********************
Next class I will have a final wrap-up lecture.
Until then 🙂