Pearls, Groves, and Texts: Lessons Learned by Teaching ELA in Rural Places

Allison Wynhoff Olsen (Montana State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 271
EISBN13: 9781799858751|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2971-3.ch021
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This chapter situates secondary English language arts teachers as those who engage in a complex web of teaching people, teaching content, and examining the world. As such, ELA teachers must “place” their discipline in order to reach their students and be relevant to their teaching context. Reflecting on her experiences from nine years of teaching ELA in rural Minnesota, the author illustrates key moments that helped her understand the significance of teaching ELA “in place” as well as how it requires a blend of professional and personal skills beyond teacher preparations.
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