Inventing the Humanities

Monday, May 01, 2006

Proposal - High School auto

I’d like to work out an institutional autobiography that focuses on my high school years. Learning became something real to me when I started to understand how it actually connected to me as a person in this world. There were a series of teachers, moments, and works that made me a learner and helped me start to see.

There is also the fact that I now teach at that same institution that could create an important perspective, but I’m not sure how to etch it out.


At 6:50 AM, Blogger Lisa Vaia said...

Hi Brian. I think the fact that you now teach at the same high school you attended--a place you felt made such an impact on you educationally--is hugely signficant. (Of course, I'm biased, because in my autobiography I'll touch on that same idea.) The high school years can be so formative, not just in terms of education, but in terms of finding a sense of self. To interact with young people who are forging their own way through the teen years in a place where you did the same likely gives you a more intimate insight into their journey--and perhaps helps bring your own journey full circle.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger emjay said...

Hi Brian, I am also writing about how my high school shaped me as a person who teaches. I just placed memorable moments that defined me under sub headings, and then filled in the recollections. The important thing is to first get the information down. You will be surprised how the autobiography will then shape itself.

At 6:15 AM, Blogger Jason Tougaw said...

Oh, one more thing: I agree with Lisa. The fact that you teach at your formal high school is a fantastic hook for this. Really interesting.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Vanesa Katz said...

In our last class, I remember you mentioning that you very consciously keep your private life separate from your professional life - maybe this is related to (and driven by) your memories of being the student who's now your student. Do your students know that you were once one of them? And didn't you mention that there's a heavy emphasis on school spirit? Does that make it harder for you to fill your role as a teacher, or does it force you to set up more solidly defined boundaries between you + your students?


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