Welcome to Episode 6 of The Book Love Foundation Podcast! And thank you for joining us in this celebration of teaching and the joy of learning.
Episode 6 Show notes
We’re going to talk about leadership in teaching, but maybe not in the way you think.
In the words of Sadie Nardini, “Becoming a master takes stubbornness, dedication, and focus. And it starts right now. Transformation was, is, and always will be a DIY–a do-it-yourself process.”
I was struck by how much that mirrors teacher professional development. We can’t wait for someone else to develop us–we are in charge of how we grow. Teaching is always a draft–always an approximation–but just like with the young writers we teach, we want each draft to show evidence of revision and improvement.
After 31 years of teaching, I’m always hoping next year I will be a better teacher–next week, even.
As Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead from Within says, “Leading is about striving to become better than we are, and helping everything and everyone around us to become better too.”
And in this episode, we explore what that means for teachers.
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Beth Hughes teaches high school English at Massachusetts’ Wakefield Memorial High School. You can find her on Twitter @MsBethHughes, read about her musings on lifelong learning at msbethhughes.org and her passion to reintroduce her students to reading at fortheloveofreading.org, or email her at email@example.com.
Rebekah Hess is a high school teacher at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia and is a teacher consultant for the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project. When she isn’t teaching English, she is choreographing for the Rock Ridge Performing Arts musical productions. She can be reached on Twitter @MissHessEnglish or through email at Rebekah.Hess@lcps.org
Jennifer Brinkmeyer teaches Reading Strategies and English 9 at Iowa City High School and serves as language arts curriculum coordinator for the district. In 2014, she received UChicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. She regularly presents at Iowa Council Teachers of English conferences. You can also follow her on Twitter @jjbrinkmeyer and email: Brinkmeyer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin English currently teaches English at Wayne Memorial High School in southeast Michigan and is a teacher consultant for the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. He can be reached on Twitter at @kevinmenglish or by email at email@example.com.
Julie Jarriel is currently in her third year teaching ninth grade English at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Writing Project (NWP)
Here are the books from this episode’s book talk, courtesy of Kristinia Haney:
Matt de la Pena’s web site: http://mattdelapena.com/
Matt’s recent essay for NPR: Sometimes The ‘Tough Teen’ Is Quietly Writing Stories
Matt on Twitter: @mattdelapena
This episode’s student story was from Serena Kessler.
The books mentioned in her story were:
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