Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Educators’ Insights on Culture Shock, Identity and Pedagogy
Chapter 2: Toward a Pedagogy of Creativity and Caring
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TOWARD A PEDAGOGY OF CREATIVITY AND CARING
Joe was a 58-year-old Hispanic male teaching sophomore English at the time of my interviews with him. Joe had also taught speech at an inner-city high school for 1 year and then speech and journalism at another high school for 5 years prior to joining the Peace Corps. During his Peace Corps service, Joe taught English as a foreign language at a university in an urban city in the Eastern European country of Moldova from 2006 to 2008. I met Joe at his home on a hot and dry sunny summer morning. Outside, cotton-candy clouds filled the wide blue sky. Inside, we sat face to face with a small table between us in front of two large open windows at the front of his house. As we talked, the curtains floated up from time to time thanks to a gentle breeze, and as they moved back and forth, they sounded like soft ocean waves lapping the seashore. During the interview there were also birds chirping, a mourning dove cooing, and cicadas intermittently stopping and starting their engines. It was as if nature were providing both an audience and background music for our interview. Later we also took a short tour of the town where Joe lived and continued our interview at the high school where he taught. ← 43 | 44 →
One of the first things I noticed about Joe was that he wore a...
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