2 Nov '14

News People are frightened to return to a time when they trusted teachers

Head of English Jennifer Gunn talks about why nurturing teachers would improve student performance and the blissful moment when students break awkward silences in classJennifer Gunn is the head of English and teaches language and composition at Rockwall-Heath High school in Texas, US. She has been teaching for 19 years. I stumbled into the profession. At university I began studying visual arts, but along the way I realised I had a passion for literature and so decided to change my major. I think everyone thought, Oh my god, shes actually found something more impractical to do than art. So I looked into getting a teaching certificate too. When I got my first job I knew immediately that it was what I should be doing. Teaching appealed to every aspect of my personality: I get to be analytical and artistic and do good human work every day. 19 years on and its still my perfect job. Continue reading...

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