Forum Theme 2
When Bill Koch quoted Mark Van Doren at the beginning of his article, he situated me within a familiar context as a teacher and a lifelong learner: “There is no more perfect situation…than teachers teaching teachers.” My first thoughts in relation to this were of my time as part of the Illinois State Writing Project, a site within the National Writing Project, located in Normal, Illinois. “Teachers teaching teachers” provides the foundation within which the National Writing Project operates, and it is a motto that has been ingrained in me as both a teacher and a mentor of other teachers. With his reference to an already-familiar concept, Dr. Koch drew me into his conversation about teaching, inviting me to listen and giving me permission to join. It is this sense of familiarity and belonging which becomes integral to our teaching that I wish to discuss in regards to Koch’s comments upon education in his reflection on Van Doren’s Liberal Education. In particular, I wish to discuss how it applies to students in the developmental writing classroom.
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"A Response to Submitting to the Disciplines of Liberation,"
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