EDUC 591. Introduction to Narrative and Writing for Publication. Narrative: A Story. Rosemary J. MacKay defines story:
Introduction to Narrative
Writing for Publication
Studying teachers’ lives and understanding how they experience their work is a way to place the teacher’s voice at the center of reform efforts.
(Chapter 1, Preskill & Jacobvitz)
Don’t be so scientific, formal, and stilted that your paper has no spark or heart.
On with the Opener!
Educators are following directives from superiors to address the standards in both curriculum and daily lessons. These standards call for higher student expectations in writing performance, as well as reflect changes in the writing curriculum (Strickland, 2001).
The purpose of this paper is to share my struggle as I attempt to change by teaching methods in my second grade classroom to help my students develop as writers and meet the requirements of the state standards in writing.
Each morning the sun streams through the windows lighting up the crowns of little heads poised over spiral notebooks. The little hands associated with these little heads are clutching pencils, which glide, scribble, and crawl across the pages. I sit on my stool positioned above them and look out over my “kingdom.” What power I yield!
My height, physical and contrived, conveys this, but is this what my students see? I hope not. In the beginning of my career I think I did want them to see my power. I know I wanted them to feel it, but life experiences tend to soften edges and for that I am grateful.
Relating my teaching career to a garden seems to encompass the ideas I have about the “power thing.”
(Baergen, Julie K. (Winter, 1999). Teaching metaphor. Multicultural Education 7 (2), 35-41.