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(specifically US-based active teachers)

I am a lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American, and this year I am conducting a project about teaching and education. I am interested in recruiting passionate and knowledgeable teachers (from k-12, all subjects, from all over the Us). I believe that eduPLN is the place to find those teachers.

Here’s the gist of the project: I’m recruiting a cadre of teachers at different levels of experience and in different places in their careers from all over the U.S. to communicate with each other and to also respond to questions that I will pose over the course of the year (the project will last approximately from August to May/June).

 

I will set up an online meeting place (probably a private blog). The teachers will check in regularly to respond with their ideas, opinions, and musings (the exact details will be made clear to all teachers who choose to participate in the project). Some of the questions will be easy because they are things we’ve all thought through before, like “What’s your teaching philosophy?” Some of the questions will be somewhat stranger, something like “If you only had one more class period to teach, what would you teach?” or more difficult to answer, something like “What do you understand to be the most misunderstood aspect of the teaching profession?”

 

The real crux of the project will be the organic communication that develops between the teachers as they share their experiences throughout the year.

 

Your responsibility as a member of the teacher cadre would be to regularly contribute writing and discussion on the blog (or other online meeting place).

 

While the project is unpaid, there are some interesting benefits for those who choose to be a part of the project: (1) I will be a professional reference and confirmer of your participation on this project; (2) should a book be published (your name would be included within the book), you are allowed to trade on its success—if you can get speaking engagements, great! (3) it will always be a good professional credit on your vitae.

 

If you choose to be part of this project, I will send you (snail mail) a contributor’s agreement that will explain in excruciating detail all aspects of the project.

 

What’s the purpose of this project? There are many, and I will share those with the cadre as the year progresses, but one of my main goals is to re-humanize the institution of teaching. You’ve probably seen with your own eyes and heard with your own ears the kinds of disparaging and uniformed remarks people toss off about education and about teaching. They forget that there are actual human beings at the bull’s-eyes of those remarks. And the worst, is that mostly the remarks are wrong and ill-informed. I want to show off the humanity in teaching by displaying the real “Teaching Voices” of the people who instruct their students all day long.

 

So, what do you think? Care to help make a bright spot for teachers out there and join this project?

 

I look forward to hearing from you very soon!

 

(PS -- sorry for the rushed nature of the email. You wouldn't believe how many things there are to accomplish before a project like this can begin.)

 

Sincerely,

Andrew Hollinger

Twitter: @ashollinger

andrewhollinger@aol.com  == EMAIL ME HERE TO LET ME KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED

andrewhollinger.blogspot.com

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