The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
Edited By Greg S. Goodman
12. A Cultural-Historical Teacher Starts the School Year: A Novel Perspective on Teaching and Learning
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A Cultural-Historical Teacher Starts the School Year
A Novel Perspective on Teaching and Learning
Cathrene Connery & Christina Curran
The first day of school has finally arrived. At the shrill of the bell, you survey your classroom one last time. All your hard work and advanced planning has paid off: everything seems to be in order. Brightly colored posters hang on the walls; books peek out from nooks, crannies, and corners. Carefully arranged manipulatives, props, and realia advertise the promise of hands-on and exciting explorations. Name tags stand silently on top of polished desks and tables. As you open the door and call out a greeting, a stream of students enters the room. The final bell signals that the school year has officially started. Closing the door, twenty-five pairs of eyes of diverse shapes and colors examine you nervously from their seats. You smile warmly, moving to the head of the classroom to address your new class for the first time. All at once, your knees buckle and you are moved by the enormity of the responsibility patiently sitting before you.
Each year teachers of all ages and expertise experience the start of the new school calendar in the same manner. The majority of pre-service, in-service, novice and veteran teachers anxiously anticipate the very first moments of the new academic year. Sometimes we worry about our suitability in a new grade level or...
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