A working title with chapter headings

Title: Teaching Others / Teaching Self: My life as a teacher.

1. Now.

The girl in class.

Why choose this story to begin? What it shows about the decisions I make and the methods I employ as a teacher.

beliefs

method/strategies

effects on them, effects on me

Where did I learn all this stuff. What were the influences.

The Roadmap

The Drawing

Significant Points and Surrounding Contexts

Social – the “times” and their effect

Pedagogical – where I learned about teaching

Personal – baggage I brought to the task

Positioning – privileged white male

2. Early programming.

Pictures in the red book.

School memories.

Miss Kendrick’s fourth grade.

The migrant kids.

High School earth science.

Lots of activities.

Throwing up student council experiences.

Pam.

TV and the Bus Boycott

3. College

Going to college. Boxed in. No choices.

Harvard

Rochester

Cuba

Time of threat.

Growing up in the cold war.

Intellectual growth: the truth of multiple perspectives.

What comes after?

The inevitability of fighting or alternative service after graduation.

The rejection, the bounce, UTPP.

4. Learning to Teach: teaching as a social justice mission

UTPP

What’s good money?

Marching in Montgomery.

GLS

CST

5. The Move To Vermont

Cleveland or Burlington: was this a choice

What informed me then.

early childhood

kindergarten classes

Apex

6. Vermont

Multiage

Political Encroachment

The Standards Board

the promise

the fall

political games in the name of equity

Standards and Curriculum

Barnes: the decision

7. Complex Instruction

working with dottie

data informed

structured inquiry

interdependence

uncertainty

delegating authority

status – focus where it should be

emphasis on the “all”

it works

the girl in class

empowering my students, empowering me.

8. Epilogue – Uncovering my hidden curriculum

gender and race

what I’ve come to know

the me others say I am

the me I say I am

keeping on, with ever larger senses

contact, relationship, growing through others

Published by

Charles Rathbone

Retired. Emeritus. Conducts a seminar on university teaching to doctoral students in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources once a year. Board Member Vermont Interfaith Action, volunteer and advocate Burlington Bike Project, UDL consultant VSA Vermont, photographer, married, four children, five grandchildren, and one Golden Doodle. Embracing life, all of it. "Today is tomorrow's past."

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