Memory & Presence in Teaching
Chapter 5: Retrieving Memory, Shaping Teachers: Stories of Teacher Educators
Retrieving Memory, Shaping Teachers: Stories of Teacher Educators
The thing that made me very enthusiastic about teacher education is just this, something I like to quote that Dylan Thomas wrote to Caitlyn. He wrote her, “Thank God writing poetry gets more and more difficult.”…thank God teaching gets more and more difficult, I never found it possible to use the notes from last year, to do the same thing this year, I never found a formula for anything. (Devorah, 2nd interview, March 2012)
Having been engaged in teacher education for most of my working life, I was moved on hearing the quote from Dylan Thomas that Devorah brings to describe her experience as a teacher educator. Although I have had some wonderful experiences working as a teacher educator and learned a great deal about myself and something about teaching, I never felt confident about knowing “how to do it.” Yet despite my own questions and the discomfort that sometimes accompanied the questioning, I always appreciated the fact that teaching teachers was interesting, puzzling and challenging work (see also Clandinin, 1995).
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