I believe teaching is fundamentally about building relationships and establishing trust, within and outside the classroom.  Doing this often necessitates a delicate balancing act among careful questioning, playful engagement, rigorous interrogation, gentle guidance, and direct instruction.  Because I see teaching as a relational act with consequences that extend beyond the classroom, I take seriously the responsibility of being a teacher.  I see teaching moments as moments for potential connection.  I believe those connections, and how I go about creating and nurturing them, are what teaching is all about.  And the beauty of this is that in teaching–being mindful of those connections–I learn.


To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin.
–bell hooks

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