Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Why I Want to Teach Freshman English

I've known for a while that I wanted to teach freshman English, but I hadn't yet been able explain why, at least in short and simple terms. A recent conversation brought about a metaphor to explain my reasoning.

The English teacher who teaches honors English or AP English is a stone polisher. They take a finely cut stone and make it shine. The freshman English teacher is the gem cutter though. They are the ones who pulled the diamond out of the rough.

I'd like to be involved in the entire process, but if I had to choose, I'd cut gems any day of the week.


Chris said...

Stone-polishers? Have you seen some of those college application essays? "Polished" is not the word I would use.

Joel said...

Well, I'm not saying that every student leaves high school a polished gem of perfection.

Perhaps they never had a good freshman English teacher.