Through Teachers' Eyes: Portraits of Writing Teachers at Work

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"The questions that guide a teaching life are timeless - the kind teachers ask themselves always, every year, every day: "What does it mean to teach this course and this student? How do I reach those I am instructed to teach" So write Perl and Wilson in the preface to this edition of Through Teachers' Eyes. In this book, based on extensive ethnographic research, the authors show us the texture of teaching in times both good and bad, exciting and despairing; they recount, in a compelling narrative, the unending ...
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Overview

"The questions that guide a teaching life are timeless - the kind teachers ask themselves always, every year, every day: "What does it mean to teach this course and this student? How do I reach those I am instructed to teach" So write Perl and Wilson in the preface to this edition of Through Teachers' Eyes. In this book, based on extensive ethnographic research, the authors show us the texture of teaching in times both good and bad, exciting and despairing; they recount, in a compelling narrative, the unending shifts and changes of teaching lives. Perl and Wilson also recount researchers' stories. Like teaching, research has shifts and questions, doubts and despair and discovery.

Through Teachers' Eyes is a model of ethnographic research and in it, research data is turned into readable, accessible and powerful classroom stories. Those who hunger for an animating view of classroom research will find here what is sorely lacking in so many composition studies: a view of research that welcomes the researcher's voice as narrator and storyteller, as one whose caring can be shown as a natural part of the inquiry. Perl and Wilson write: "A teaching life lived fully is one that includes others. It is a life rooted in the sharing of projects and problems and most of all in the telling of stories." In these stories, readers will discover the richness of teachers' lives and in so doing also discover the richness of their own.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780966323337
  • Publisher: Calendar Islands Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sondra Perl, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she coordinates the Ph.D. program in composition and rhetoric. An acclaimed teacher and a Guggenheim Fellow, Dr. Perl has been leading writing workshops on college campuses and in universities, in North America and abroad, for over 20 years.

Nancy Wilson, an experienced teacher of writing, has collaborated with Sondra Perl for 17 years as researcher, co-author, and as teacher at Lehman College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Teachers Learning

Audre Allison, Eleventh Grade

Reba Pekala, First Grade

Ross Burkhardt, Eighth Grade

Len Schutzman, Twelfth Grade

Bill Silver, Fourth and Fifth Grades

Diane Burkhardt, Eighth Grade

The Art of Teaching

Epilogue

Appendix A Guidelines for Composing

Appendix B Responding in a Writing Group

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