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Mike Rose’s Graduation Speech to Teachers

June 15, 2010

On Mike Rose’s blog, he has posted a graduation speech for teachers. It is one of the most down to earth descriptions of what we can expect and what makes a good teacher. I especially like the last paragraph:

“I’m more interested in the way you think about what to do on Monday morning. Every good teacher I’ve known, regardless of grade level, subject, or style has the equivalent of what musicians call “big ears”; they are curious, open, on the lookout for anything they can use in the service of some larger goal. They possess a mindfulness about materials and techniques and have their fingers on the pulse of their students, figuring out if and how something will work with them. That is what it means to think like a teacher, and that thinking defines the work you are about to begin.”

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