Stories from the Heart: Teachers and Students Researching Their Literacy Lives

Stories from the Heart: Teachers and Students Researching Their Literacy Lives

Stories from the Heart: Teachers and Students Researching Their Literacy Lives

Stories from the Heart: Teachers and Students Researching Their Literacy Lives

Synopsis

Stories from the Heart is for, by, and about prospective and practicing teachers understanding themselves as curious and literate beings, making connections with colleagues, and researching their own literacy and the literacy lives of their students. Stories from the Heart demonstrates the power and importance of story in our own lives as literate individuals. Readers are encouraged to tell or write or re-create in some way the stories of their literacy lives in order to understand how they learn and teach; they begin the journey into writing the stories of others' literacy lives, get suggestions for finding support in their researching endeavors, and examine the idea of framing stories by using the work of other teachers and researchers.

Excerpt

Children and teachers are not disembodied intelligences, not instructing machines and learning machines, but whole human beings tied together in a complex maze of social interconnections. the school is a social world because human beings live in it.

--Waller (1932, p. 13)

This book is for, by, and about teachers and preservice teachers understanding themselves as curious and literate beings, making connections with colleagues, and researching their own literacy and the literacy lives of their students. It is meant to help teachers by acknowledging our successes, our struggles, and our never-ending desire to support children and ourselves in learning. the book is about our stories--the stories that teachers (including preservice teachers) tell of living and learning with children, colleagues, and as part of a school's culture.

We all have stories. We know what it is like to wake up at 3 a.m. and not be able to fall back to sleep. We stare at the ceiling in our dark bedrooms as the faces of students come to mind. We see the faces of those students we are worried about; they shook us out of our restful slumber and now they keep us awake. Or, perhaps we see the faces of children as we relive a classroom success. Our classrooms and our lives are ongoing narratives that deserve telling. This book is for preservice and inservice teachers who are or want to become researchers by being storytellers. I have included some teachers' stories as demonstrations of the types of stories some of us are collecting. the telling of the stories of our lived experiences as teachers helps makes us better teachers, keeps us alive as learners, and helps us understand what is unfolding before our eyes in our classrooms.

The book has six chapters. Chapter 1 demonstrates the power and importance of story in our lives as literate individuals. It includes literacy autobiographies of . . .

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