Sunday, February 04, 2007

Radical Reflections

Mem Fox, an Australian educator, writes passionately about teaching reading and writing in workshop settings--using real books, and getting kids to write for real audiences, for real reasons, about topics they care about. Many of Mem's reflections struck those chords of resonance in my teaching soul that I first remember feeling when I discovered Herbert Kohl, about eight or nine years ago.

In addition to insightful discussions of strong pedagogy, Mem also recognizes how the best learning and growing happens within the snug nets of loving relationships. Her playful, gentle, gracious voice reminds lovers of books, words, and children why we must constantly reflect about our work and continuously renew our practice.

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