Monday, December 11, 2006

Pass the ink (I'm feeling low)

I read here about an independent school in Edinburgh that is championing the dying art of penmanship. They argue that ‘The pens improve the quality of work because they force the children to take care, and better work improves self-esteem.’ Of course, and quills are even better. Still it looks a nice place there…a safe sort of place. Meanwhile, I’ve been reading more on teacher identities. Cate Watson writes on ‘Narratives of practice and the construction of identity in teaching.’ She argues that ‘A traditional notion of identity is of something essential about ourselves, a fixed and stable core of ‘self’. More recently, however, identity has been seen as an ongoing and performative process in which individuals draw on diverse resources to construct selves. This process is seen as emerging in and through narratives of practice.’ Her paper looks at the development of teachers’ professional identities.

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