Transformative Teacher #10: Sydney Coffin

If the principles of social network theory worked perfectly in real life, I would have met Sydney Coffin at least 20 years ago. Overlapping school friendship circles, participation in the same teacher networks, and shared professional interests in literacy and social justice link us in many ways. As it was, we met a few months…

What does “trust the process” really mean in teaching?

  This week, my pre-service teachers celebrated the end of their “writing workshop” fieldwork experience with an authors celebration of their fifth graders’ writing. The middle school halls were lined with tables full of poetry, short stories, and magazines. Kids strolled around reading each others’ work and writing endearing messages on comment sheets that the…

Transformative Teacher Profile #8: Kathleen Melville

What distinguishes a professional from a technical worker?  The professional works to cultivate and develop knowledge that will enrich his or her professional community and is trusted to make decisions, often made in collaboration with colleagues, about their work. The technical worker follows protocol, and is not asked to make consequential decisions. What distinguishes a…

Transformative Teacher Profile #3: Noga Newberg

I’m excited to be profiling Noga Newberg, a teacher at Folk Arts Charter School (currently on maternity leave) in Philadelphia, and a great example of a reflective practitioner. I know Noga through the Philadelphia Teachers Learning Cooperative (PTLC), a group of Philadelphia public and charter school teachers that have engaged in teacher inquiry and practice…