Making the Road by Walking: Teaching Reading and Composition - A Semester in Progress
Increasingly, the process of learning to teach and build environments for learning is becoming an increasingly digitized space. From the online discussion spaces students are required to engage in for classes to the portfolios of preservice work that will be shared to assess the viability of an individual for a teaching gig to the ways we adapt and recycle ready made resources and texts, digital culture permeates the ways students become teachers.
Over the next fourteen weeks, we (Antero Garcia and Cindy O’Donnell-Allen) would like to experiment with the public nature of preservice education. Expanding over the course of the semester, we envision this Digital Is resource as a public space for students to pose pedagogical and instructional ideas and questions, wobble with their implementation, and share ways they attain states of flow in their development as teachers.
A book of dialogue between Paulo Freire and Myles Horton is called We Make the Road by Walking. It’s a powerful metaphor for the kinds of practical forms of engagement and public dialogue we hope to ignite across the semester. Please jump in and join the conversations our students are involved in.