As a teacher, i am invested in impermanence,
by virture of being invested in student growth. Growth is what learning is
about, not the recall of facts and dates.
I want my students to be able to seek new information on their own and use
information that they have learned or discovered
to make their life better. I want them to use this new information
to continue to learn, to continue to grow.
In our article, "New teachers’ perceptions of their experiences with radical
pedagogy," Mark Storz and i visited with former
students to learn how they had grown since participating in our Urban
School-based Teacher Education Program.
If what i am doing
in the classroom doesn't lead to growth, then i must change what i am doing.
As teachers, we may never
see the final impact of our work, but we must continue to provide educational
opportunities which permit continual
learning. I agree with John Dewey, learning is about growth.