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Teachers Matter (Oregon English Journal, Spring 2006)

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Editor(s): Ulrich Hardt

Twenty-five English teachers at all levels write from Germany, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, California, and Oregon about teachers who made indelible impressions on them.  

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Stock No.: 34810

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Concentric rings on water emanating from a dropped pebble: the cover elegantly suggests the theme, "Teachers Matter." The pebbles are teachers—wonderful, terrible, inscrutable, and always influential. Their rings of influence are the subject of personal testimonies in this engaging issue.

Twenty-five English teachers at all levels write from Germany, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, California, and Oregon about teachers who made indelible impressions on them. One writes of Sister Mary Margaret's enchantment with Beowulf; one preppy digs a chain-smoking teacher's incantations of Thoreau; a seventh-grader entertains classmates with stories about their harridan teacher; an eighth-grader marvels how his teacher perturbed students' thoughts and opened the window of curiosity forever; a lad remembers one teacher's cruelty and another's nurturing discipline in post-WWII Germany; a girl's prized essay about communism is spoiled by teacher's revisions; a high schooler's teacher is a Beat poet.

These pieces are as evocative for their portraits of the youngsters—most of them teachers now—as of their memorable teachers.  A must-read!

Oregon English Journal, Spring 2006. Oregon Council of Teachers of English.

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