Do your students know how you, the teacher, write? Can they catch you somewhere in the middle of your own learning process, doubting, wondering, as a vulnerable human far from the know-all/authority in the subject ideal? #Here’s what I wrote in response1: #
I’ve discovered that more and more, I’m wondering in public. I’m wondering on Twitter, or via Evernote, or here on the blog, or in a half dozen other places, and it’s beautiful. It’s messy and scary and contagious and weird – and it’s okay. #
I used to be afraid of my words being seen or overseen or misunderstood. Now, certain that they will be all of those things, I am less concerned. #
That’s a certain shift – perhaps because of age or maybe overconfidence or just because of comfort with myself – but I’m less concerned about your reaction to my thinking. #
No. That’s not right. As a writer and a teacher, I’m very concerned with your reaction to my thinking expressed via my words. But I’m less concerned with that reaction interfering with my ability to understand myself. That is to say – I’m okay with my thinking. And I’m growing more okay if you’re not so okay with it.
So, in writing to learn today, I learned a little bit about myself. That’s good. Thanks, Claudia, for the great prompt.
You can read all the responses from the group, too, if you’d like.
- Most of this I wrote earlier. I polished and embellished a little before publishing here. [↩]