Experiential Learning at its Best

August 14, 2010

The topic of this particular post sways a bit from the these of this post, but I did pick up the story I am going to discuss through my RSS feed through iGoogle, so the process is ed. tech. in nature.

The following story is of high school senior, soon to be college freshman, Lauren MacLean who was a reporter for her high school newspaper.  MacLean wrote a story for the paper about the school’s choir instructor.  The article was not flattering of the practices of the instructor and the instructor Kathleen Archey filed suit claiming defamation of character.  The case was dismissed this past Tuesday by Churchill County Judge William Rogers.  See http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/100484504.html for the full story.

It is quite disturbing that a teacher would be so harsh in a situation such as this.  As a teacher, I fully understand that we have a job where we put ourselves on the line to present information to students who can than judge us.  In presenting the information, we are also presenting ourselves so any criticism feels like a personal attack.  As teachers, we need to develop a relationship with students where we can dialogue with the students about their concerns.

This story is that of a school news paper reporter, so it is not exactly the same as a teacher – student relationship, but it is a good reminder of what we all need to work towards.

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