This reflective essay examines educator preparation through the lens of Paul Kalanithi’s poignant memoir When Breath Becomes Air. Based on her work with preservice teacher candidates, the author questions the meaning of teacher preparation in our uncertain educational landscape. Drawing on the lessons of Maxine Greene and John Dewey about the nature of educational experiences, the essay encourages development of a “Teach Like a Human” philosophy that reframes educator preparation by embracing immersion in lived experience day by day.
Hirsch, M. (2016). Teach like a human: The reality gap in educator preparation. Schools: Studies in Education, 13(2), 339–348. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26562423
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