Strong Silent Type

courage to shut up

Here’s a handmade response to a short piece by Ernest Patterson called “The Power of Narrative” in Robert Coles’ Teaching Stories.  Patterson argues “that in order to fully uncover the richness and possibilities of literature in the classroom, one [the teacher] must strive for the courage and resourcefulness to honor the emotional response of the readers [the students]” (273).

Another way to put this:  You gotta have the courage to shut yourself up and let students speak their minds and hearts.