This Rough Magic: The Life of Teaching

This Rough Magic: The Life of Teaching

This Rough Magic: The Life of Teaching

This Rough Magic: The Life of Teaching

Synopsis

Teachers, in Lindley's view, perform the equivalent of Prospero's "rough magic" in classrooms day in and day out. They do this, as the Shakespearian magician did, by combining their own stories--their own lives--with the art and craft of teaching. Lindley sets out to heighten the awareness of experienced and novice teachers alike by connecting concrete illustrations of the teacher/learning process with the teacher's inner world.

Excerpt

Schooling, one way or another, has happened to all of us. So a book about teaching is inevitably permeated by memories. These are, of course, memories of actual, schools, the air mixed with chalk dust and the aromas of floor wax and cafeteria kitchens and the sound of crowds of students in hallways or on the playground. For twelve years we were taught, scheduled, let out for recess or vacations, and brought back again, to school. And it must be admitted at the outset that much of what actually happened in school has turned out to be of little significance. Most of our teachers have faded into hazy memory, and most of what they taught us has just disappeared, perhaps leaving only a faint cloud of guilt: We should remember how to conjugate the past tense of "avoir," or how to solve a quadratic equation . . . but much of that is gone.

This book is about what is not gone. It is about those teachers who have stayed with us, vivid figures who made a difference. It is an inquiry into why they have done so: what they did, and why. It is about what moved them to move us. In short, it is a book about success, and success in one of life's hardest tasks.

Such success is relatively rare. For many years I have asked my students in teacher education programs how many teachers they remember, with real affection or respect, from their secondary . . .

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