Your Image as a Teacher


TEXT: Images of Schoolteachers in America Second Edition by Pamela Bolotin Joseph & Gail E. Burnaford; Lawerence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2001; ISBN: 0-8058-3087-1

Along with your WebQuest, as a final product, you will also provide a narrative, an essay, a written piece that explains, outlines, conveys your image of yourself as a teacher using the metaphor and other devices to help you better understand yourself as a teacher.
This will be done on a webpage you call metaphor.html

As we move into the 'brave new world' we are going to be questioned about why we need to use technology. Reasons for this question by parents and older teachers will be based on their own reflections on their own "nostalgic" experiences in school and how they learned. This book, one of the best I've read on helping me with this question, helps to provide fodder to diplomatically negotiate this question and aid you in your response by having some information to use in your response. Next as schoolteachers we live under a certain "image" and this book provides us with important work on this topic so we can help ourselves define ourselves based on stereotype images of us and to help us better form our own image. We are not our mother and father's teacher. Finally in the process of "teacher inquiry" I like the idea of using the metaphor in starting that inquiry. So in understanding where our foreteachers have been and where we are going, especially in managing technology, we need to be able to counter the stereotype, to know the stereotype, to help us redefine ourselves and to know ourselves better. If the technology is the way, this book, I hope, provides the soul, the humanist part of the technology.

The readings from the TEXT will help you mine these ideas and you should reference the TEXT accordingly.

Begin by exploring the "classical stereotype" of the teacher in Chapters 7 & 8.


    Chap 7

    1. Where does the stereotype of the teacher come from?
    2. What are they?
    3. Discuss both the positive and negative aspects of these types.
    4. Joseph quotes Grant (1927): "Poor teaching occurs when the teacher does not grow, because of 'mental crystallization', the inability to act on new ideas." How might this be said today?
    5. How do chaos and order play a role in the classroom?
    6. What metaphors does Joseph use in this chapter?
    7. Is the teacher to blame for this image?

    Chap 8

    1. Discuss the words: 'manage, rules, nostalgia' play a role in the image of the teacher.

Continue with Chapters 9-12 to better understand the current stereotyping of the teacher in society.

To get started on your own Image or Re-Inventing Read Chapters 4 & 5 to understand the use of the metaphor in helping you describe your image and supplement them with this article. This will be the basis of your reading for your Image narrative and your own metaphor about your professional Image.

Augment your Image with Chapters 2, 3, & 6 as you read about other teachers and how they came to describe their images of themselves.

Conclude your readings by reading Chapters 1 & 13.

Throughout the semester, continually revisit your IMAGE and refine it as you learn more from your practice and from the readings. Use the readings to spark further thought of discover and reference them as needed.