student teachers and first-year teachers for social justice

Linked on our blogs with PHILO – ACTION, POUR PENSER ET CHANGER L’ECOLE, and with Teaching Children Philosophy. – Published on engaged intellectuals.

Finding space for trying new things: Mentor and student teachers … //

… Teachers are busy, and mentor teachers have taken on even more responsibilities by inviting you into their classrooms. This means that many of them don’t have lots of opportunities to read the latest research, keep up with the most recent books, or even just sit for a few hours and reconsider how they’ve done things for the past year or so. 

Lots of mentor teachers accept student teachers because this is an opportunity to engage with ideas promoted by local universities…so give it a try, and if your mentor teacher is receptive and enthusiastic, you may have just found a fabulous collaborator to work through some new practices.

Some “new” things students have been trying in my course this semester:

  • Critical literacy practices;
  • Invitations.

I’d love to hear how student teachers have been/continue to negotiate the “disconnect” between current classroom practices and their attempts to insert critically-focused practices that may not be familiar to teachers/students/families/administrators … (full text).

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