From: Eugene Matusov
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Date: 03 Nov 1996
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This is not a feedback on your fieldnote but follow-up on your question that you posed at the end of your Inquiry section. You wrote, "Then this brings up the question, how much a part of the teaching-learning process is getting to know one another on a personal basis, getting to know one another's interests and experiences. This is the aspect of working with kids that excites me. So, if it's not really a central part of teaching then teaching is probably not the direction in which I want to head. "
I think this a very important question. I don't believe that "teaching" is a thing among other things. It is a process that can be organized one way or another. It seems that you value teaching through children's personal experience. How can you organize such teaching? What kind of support and difficulties do you expect to find in traditional school for such teaching? How much do you have to change to become skillful and comfortable with such teaching? What will this change take? How much of your personal experience do you have to reveal to students for that teaching?