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Change in My Teaching

Change in My Teaching - Previous Revision

The biggest change in my teaching has come in the way I ask and answer questions.  In 1977 during my first year of teaching, when I began to question the use of my basal reading series– Lippincott’s Pat sat on a mat version of reading – no one at my small rural school knew how to answer my questions. When I wondered how the publishers knew Tuesday was the day I should teach cause and effect and review long e, everyone stared at me blankly. Just follow the book! Don’t ask questions! With my questions in danger of drying up, I tried once more. Is there another way to help my kids become better writers besides teaching them grammar? Someone mentioned The Iowa Writing Project, and it was there I learned about NCTE.

Today I know that someone somewhere in the world is exploring the same questions as I am and because of NCTE and the help of technology, I can explore my questions easily and make new connections with teachers around the world.

Renita Schmidt
Furman University
Greenville, South Carolina

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