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Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Comments...a little bit late

From: Whitehead, Gertha P. <068192@dadeschools.net>
Date: Fri Apr 28 2006 - 07:55:01 EDT

Ms Hameed,
 
I am glad you are enjoying your year. I can truly empathize with you and the others whom I have had the pleasure of chatting with on line. The workshop has been an enlightening experience for me. I haven't had this much interest in a TEC course in years.
 
Let's all stay in touch. It's always good to make new friends.
 
Sincerely,
Gertha

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From: Teacher-TalkNovel-bounces@learner.org on behalf of Hameed, Zarina P.
Sent: Thu 4/27/2006 12:18 PM
To: Discussion list for IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL
Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Comments...a little bit late

Dear Ms. Gomez,
I read your and Ms. Whitehead's emails. I can understand how you feel even though I am relatively new in this profession here in U.S. I have taught for 4 years in India as a High school teacher and my experience was totally different than what I experience here. I do appreciate the time and efforts you have given to help your students. I know that most of the responsibility lies with the teachers but students also owe some of it. I have observed that the students here do not have a right attitude towards education. They get so many things so easily that they take everything very grantedly. If only we can set this thing right it will make everything easy for the teachers and we can hope to have a future generation which is more informed and educated.
I teach Language Arts in middle school so this workshop on novels was particularly interesting for me. Recently we read a novel, Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. It is really surprising that once you start reading you become the owner of the novel. I saw in my class everyone had their own views about the characters and the incidents in the novel. I think the joy you feel when reading a novel is comparable to the joy felt by the author who wrote it. It was very interesting to see the video and listen to all the discussions. Most of the participants agree that the readers own the novel and I agree with them. It is like as long as a thought is in your mind it is yours but once you express it then it becomes open to whoever accepts it. It was amazing to know that even the authors feel the same.
Hope to hear your views on this topic.
Ms. Hameed.

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From: Lourdes Gomez
Sent: Wed 4/26/2006 4:59 PM
To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Comments...a little bit late

Dear Gertha:
I've had such a pleasure reading your email!
To tell you the truth, I have been here only for three years. I came from
Cuba on October, 2002. In my country I taught Biology, first at the
University of Havana and later at a Middle School. Before teaching I worked
at the Sugarcane Research Institute, because I am a biologist! It has been a
long way to go, then I understand you perfectly when you tell me you are
tired. I agree with the way some people look at us. I have been working for
35 years in a row.... and even though I can't say that I am an experienced
teacher, I try to teach, and my students know that I care for them. My
classroom is my life. That's why I'm reading books, and taking classes, to
improve myself and help my students the best. I hope you'll get back to the
classroom. Students need teachers that feel like you do.
Don't stop writing.... I have enjoyed this a lot.
Thank you
Lourdes

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