Should We Be An English Teacher? Essay

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I have had the fortunate opportunity to observe many classrooms in many different schools throughout the area this semester. Spending over 60 hours in classrooms showed me a lot about what it means to be an English teacher and how the approach can change depending on where you are teaching. In a classroom that has a demographic of students who you are familiar with and comfortable with, you don’t have to change or give up pieces of yourself in order to be understood. In a classroom where the students differ from you in many ways like racial, socioeconomic, gender, it is important to give up some aspects of yourself and try to communicate with these students in a meaningful way that crosses borders. I observed many classes at Kenmore East High School and in many ways this school was reminiscent of my high school in Elma, NY. Although it is larger, it is predominantly white and middle class. All of the teachers I observed where white and while I observed good lessons, there didn’t seem to be a lot of “culturing” occurring (Feinberg, 2007). I did observe some minority students, but there were only one or two per class I observed, on average. The students I observed seemed to be well-acclimated, but I still thought about Judy Alston’s (2004) article, “The Many Faces of American Schooling: Effective schools research and Border-Crossing in the 21st Century.” How many of these students had to border cross every day to fit in and “succeed” in that school. Negotiating borders…

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