Today, Chapter 5: “Getting Out of My Own Way”

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insights strategies and constrains:

Todd and I argued a lot around the core concepts of this chapter. Thats okay because we know how to argue and break through to some good insights. One of the insights from this argument is how thisĀ entire process is a search for essence about our own practice. Sarah Willner our friend and co- teacher, in an email this morning, called this process that we are engaging with a manifesto, which is a little scary.

I embrace my influences and the changes it makes to my practice, but I also worry about the liberal rhetoric I might perpetuate as a teacher and teacher educator with my ideas and actions. This led to a long discussion yesterday about the classroom as a space for discourse and a space for everyone to find their own “essence” or “enduring ideas”.

Todd seems to worry less about this and I was wondering if this is a factor of me moving away from the Bay Area and having a different perspective of how these ideas create influences, memes and movements around the world. Something to think about.

One thought on “Today, Chapter 5: “Getting Out of My Own Way”

  1. This is an enduring issue, Arzu, in my experience. I remember professors in the 60s and 70s worrying about “laying their trips” (language of the times :) on students and pulling back. I resented it then, feeling I could amalgamate my autonomy with their insights and generate a composite I valued. But I was naive about my ability to withstand their authority. I imposed their voices on myself with too much power (whether they were complicit in that or not). So I did need to be protected from them, since I couldn’t yet protect myself. But I also needed their guidance, their new world views to expand the sloppy mix of popular culture (tho we didn’t call it that then) and my own limited experiences. Whatever true insights I had were buried deep and were fragile. So there’s the dilemma–and like every dilemma, it has to be managed because it can’t be solved. I’m eager to see how you dance the dynamic compromises.

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