Interesting idea, Julie. But actually, I have to disagree.
Leisa Michelle

Thank you for your push back so I can clarify my statement. I agree with you. Teaching is NOT about “a sage on the stage” delivering the content for students to memorize isolated facts and parrot back “right answers.” To me, teaching is about creating an environment where students can engage in their own iterative inquiry process by asking questions, synthesizing claims, and critically evaluating hegemonic systems that oppress student voices. The teacher’s role is to create a culture of curiosity, open communication, and collaboration. When I said, “Teachers need professional development,” I wasn’t talking about learning more content. I was talking about professional development that prepares teachers to facilitate empowering environments where students can be creative innovators and problem-solvers. Your experience is a great example of how many teachers are not able to do this naturally, and therefore, need more training.

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