Educating people for a democratic society is cultural work. Teachers must become border crossers. We need to be creatively flexible because even if curriculum is standardized, our students are not. Teaching is more than methodology. It begins with understanding, and it depends on personal connections that honor the identities of learners. Conceptual borders are places to make new meanings – to explore different ways of thinking and being, to muck about with difficult questions and to be unafraid of wrong answers.
That’s what this blog is about.
– Doug Noon
- I’ve taught for 26 years in Alaska at the elementary level.
- I have a MEd in Language and Literacy.
- I have more questions than answers.
- I test my theories every day.
- Contradictions interest me.
- My beliefs and practices are out of alignment.
- Each day is a revision.
- The phrase ‘reading comprehension’ is redundant.
- This Zen quote seems important lately: “Great doubt, great enlightenment. Little doubt, little enlightenment. No doubt, no enlightenment.”