Why Do We Teach? – 3

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  1. I would have to say that some of my greatest reasons for teaching French are that I can experience the creativity of my students, and I have (at least some) opportunities to be creative myself. If there isn’t room for creativity and (at least at times) beauty and surprise, then teaching would probably be a rather dull enterprise, unless you enjoy “getting through content”, “practicing”, and assessing… Not that it doesn’t have a place at all, but if that’s all you’re doing it would be rough. I also enjoy being able to learn new things, and the opportunity to grow as a teacher and as a person.

    1. Bryan said:
      …unless you enjoy “getting through content”, “practicing”, and assessing… Not that it doesn’t have a place at all….
      I dont’ think getting through content has any place in our work. In other classes, yes, but not in languages. In languages, content cannot be taught outside of the contextual flow, in little pieces – only through the Din. And languages cannot be practiced because of the fact that they require so much input, unlike the violin/yoga/learning how to drive/math, etc. etc. where the output must be practiced from the start. And assessment in my view, I’m changing fast on this, has NO PLACE in language acquisition. It is a big bringer of shame. Assessment is a bad boy with bad teeth leering at our students from behind bushes outside the windows of the classroom, ready to jump into the classroom and inflict shame on all but the few whenever the teacher signals her good friend to come into the room.

      1. Funny, if we had no assessments then we would probably have more students continuously learning. That said, I am in the middle of Finals… which are pure CI plus a writing analysis on their growth. I’m still using Bob Patrick’s Writing analysis.

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