1. Claudia Stepan

    I enjoyed reading this reflection back in your own education! It made me think about mine. My most favorite memories are the ones where the teacher made learning fun. In middle school, Mr. Jugan could make us all laugh while teaching us biology. In college, it was psychology of the family and the history of rock and roll! The professors were thought provoking and made me look forward to going to class. There are basics that have to be taught- no way around it- but there are fun, engaging, and active ways of doing it! Students young and old hate being passive learners! But beyond the basics, we need to help students discover what they love! In today’s world you can make a living at just about anything!

  2. Rick Gavin

    Bravo! You ARE a writer . What makes a writer isn’t perfect grammar and spelling (although errors are distracting) but passion for what you are writing and evoking it in others. Really enjoyed this post because so much of it resonated with me and was so thought provoking. It made me reflect on my own practice and learning journey. As a teacher it always frustrated me reading student work that was letter perfect but lacked life and interest. Other students would splash their emotions all over the page leaving behind a mess of errors but I knew that these kids were on the way to becoming excellent writers because they were as engaged in the story as their readers. I knew that their fundamentals would eventually catch up to their creativity. These kids knew that good writing is more than a collection of perfectly spelled words and properly constructed sentences. We need to instill this passion for the written word in our students. The “basics” will come along just along eventually as they practice their craft.

    • Claudia Stepan

      I agree 100% When I worked with Kindergarten students in writing, I focused on story telling and creativity. I spent a lot of time allowing choice, and using teacher dictation to put their creativity on paper. This inspired them and helped them to understand that writing is NOT about what you can spell, but what you can think! Of course, we still also spent time on the basics including using phonetics and sight words, punctuation, and letter formation.

  3. Rahila

    Awesome post! You’re a great writer! As I was reading this I could really connect to it as I felt it was all me. But that is where it stops. You have the talent to put your thoughts into writing, I don’t. ‘Basics’ and ‘Innovation’!!!
    You’re doing a wonderful job of doing ‘so much more’ just by sharing your experiences. We all LEARN from each others’ experiences! Keep up the spark!

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