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On Learning why I became a Teacher

On Learning why I became a Teacher

On learning why i became a teacher
John A.Miller

Late on a Tuesday afternoon in October 1977, I finally began to understand why I had become a teacher. Over the course of about 90 minutes that afternoon, more than a dozen years after I stepped onto this career path, it dawned on me that some things about teaching that I had taken for granted—assumptions about what and how I was teaching and, especially, to whom and why—had been (at best) incomplete. In that moment, a student taught me that somebody really did need me to do what I was doing. Her comments seemed to me to justify my journey up to that point, and they triggered a process, still ongoing, ...

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