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Finding My Place as a Teacher

When someone asked Sir Laurence Olivier what makes a great actor, he responded, “The humility to prepare and the confidence to pull it off.” This is the paradox of teaching for me: being humble enough to work hard at designing a potentially great class, and believing in my abilities so that I can turn that potential into reality.

To illuminate this paradox, I’m going to share my journey as a student and observer of teachers. Let’s start with some of the first lessons I learned.

On Becoming a Risk-Taking Teacher

I was enthralled with Mr. Walter Stickel and Mr. Ray Snively, my seventh-and eighth-grade teachers at Hosford Elementary School in southeast Portland, Oregon. They always ...

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