Beginning in Retrospect: Writing and Reading a Teacher's by Patricia A. Schmidt

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Schmidt. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.  Learning.  Title.  .  . For Me Life is a process A construction, a construing, Reconstruing long distance calls to then from the sadness of death the joy of snow flurries on the Square a taking leave and a return I am my mother's daughter, my father's daughter, my husband's wife, my daughter's mother, I am Writing and rewriting my life. Patricia Schmidt, 1990 Page vii Contents Foreword by Sari Knopp Biklen xi Acknowledgments xiii Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Languaging: Developing a Theory of Shared Experience and Authority 10 Critical Moments: Beginning the Processes of Critical Self-Reflection 11 Languaging with Rose Budding: Our Case Study 14 The Good Wyf of Bath 17 Reiterations 19 Chapter 2 A Beginning Teacher 20 How Did I Lose It So Quickly?

In writing this I'm reminded of the individual power we have when we choose and name our experiences. The Good Wyf's tale is a story of choice and choosing. The teacher's tale, too, can be a story of choice and choosing, sovereignty and gentilesse. I continue to struggle to give language to my experiences in reading, responding, writing, teaching, and learning: I continue to play with and question my beliefs about ways of working in the classroom. Today it is truly a wonderful journey. It hasn't always been so.

17). I thought about this notion for a couple of years. " Eventually my understanding of Rosenblatt's literary notion of transaction evolved into naming my case study with Rose Budding, transforming my reading of Rosenblatt's literary notion of transactional (which she took from Dewey and Bentley [1949]) into my core issue of authority in teaching, into pedagogical contexts, redefining the teacher and learner relationship. I wrote the study with Rose believing that what we were doing was transactional in Rosenblatt's sense of the term, but I sensed that we were not just acting on and conditioning each other; what we were experiencing as we worked together was something more.

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