National Writing Project

Teaching Outside the Box But Inside the Standards: Making Room for Dialogue

Date: February 25, 2016

Summary: We interview the authors and editors of Teaching Outside the Box But Inside the Standards: Making Room for Dialogue about feeling caught between mandates to teach to standards, and the needs and interests of the students right in front of them, and how they teachers manage those tensions with deliberative practice, writing, and a professional community.

 

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Bob Fecho —Philadelphia Writing Project teacher-consultant, founding co-director of the Red Clay Writing Project, and Professor of English Education at Teachers College:

A dialogical classroom is one in which literacy is used to immerse teacher and students in an ongoing reflective conversation with the texts of their lives. Engaged dialogical practice suggests that teachers see dialogue as a way of being, that they not only teach in dialogical ways, but engage parents, colleagues, administrators—really all educational stakeholders in dialogue. Doing so encourages multiple perspectives, which can lead to wobble."

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