Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
Teacher education is certainly challenging, but it is always interesting. Over the past 20 years, I’ve gradually come to understand how inventive children and youth are with language and literacy, and how rewarding it is as a teacher to notice this creativity. My research focuses on capturing clear images of how children and youth construct literacy in and out of schools. And, my teaching encourages prospective teachers to take a look at these, and similar, situations through their own eyes. In holding this expectation, I believe teachers create opportunities to transform their understanding of things we take for granted and grow as professionals.