The Child Before The Chalk

I start this blog with a clear vision of its beginning and end, but without such clarity of everything else in between. I am confident that I have committed a rather serious journalistic sin. However, it helps that I am not a journalist … ignorance is bliss.

Educators practice education. We do not do teach in a vacuum.

In my career as a public school teacher, I recall an evaluation system in which it was alleged that a teacher could do quite well if the lesson was taught with only the evaluator present, without students. It was more about teacher performance, less about student learning.

That changed. Teacher evaluation systems evolved to recognize an important part of the classroom experience: students.

And students are human.

Even though it is obvious that students are human, our profession often neglects to include that observation in its professional conversation.

Let’s talk about what it means to be human: the child before the chalk.

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This is the first blog in a series of blogs titled, “The Child Before The Chalk.”

About drjstewart

Educator, writer, and photographer
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