July 22, 2009

A test:

Virtually everything I have read, virtually everyone to whom I have spoken, always describes a teacher in grade 4, 5, or 6 as the formative teacher, the one which made all the difference. It makes me wonder whether these are actually the formative grades, and the lucky students are the ones who get the exceptional teachers at this time. Any earlier, and it blurs into the first socialisation of school. Any later, and thinking habits have already set into their mould.

If you are reading this: did you have a formative teacher? Which grade did he or she teach? What made them so memorable?

And maybe this becomes a secondary test as well: who is willing to stop lurking and post a comment first? *grin* I should know better, I was taught in grad school to never, ever target a question at an individual student and put them on the spot: but how about a general question aimed at a reading audience of those no less qualified to speak than myself?

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