Aha Teaching Moments
"What My Students Taught Me"
Detailed Submission Guidelines are below this note.
Was there ever a time when you were the learner and a student was your teacher?
As adults, we often go through periods where "What I was taught and thought I knew" becomes "Now that I’ve been teaching, I think and know something different." How many times are educators surprised by the difference in "theory" (learned in methods courses) and the "reality" (the students and the classroom) of application? Or, pleased when a methodology works just as we thought it should. We want to bridge the gap between theory/methodology and classroom results by using your stories to illustrate teaching concepts implemented in real life experiences -- what you might have called an "Aha! Moment."
We believe that students "teach"...adults more than texts ever could. If you believe this too, please help us by sharing your stories with us.
These stories will be shared with other educators in the hope that their own learning can be expanded. These stories could make a difference in the way we "do education" by encouraging a willingness to use something, do something new, or modify or discard something old.
Your stories will highlight the learning that takes place in the classroom from the very students whom we are called to teach.
Would you be willing to share that story with us?
We are seeking stories from all facets of school life. We are interested in varying educational perspectives from current or former teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, intern teachers, related service personnel, paraprofessionals, administrators, and school support staff.
Submit to us your "Aha! Moment" and "I get it!" stories.
These are stories that depict a lesson learned from your student(s) when you thought "Wow, this really does work." Or, "Now I see why this doesn’t work."
Your participation in this never-before-shared publication will be invaluable.
GUIDELINES FOR STORY SUBMISSIONS
Thank you for your interest in taking part in the creation of the book: What My Students Taught Me.
The success of this book is owed to the educational community of authors from across the country and possibly the world. It is you, the writer, who is able to convey to others lessons learned when that "AHA" moment happened to you. We thank you and your students for teaching all of us why some interventions, methods, or strategies have worked and why others have not.
We are seeking those "AHA" moments in your teaching and learning that, when they occurred, you thought "Now I get it" or said "AHA!" Or "Eureka!" Stories will explain what you observed, and then the lesson learned from your students' behavior -- what they taught you. The story and lesson learned capture what you discovered that was supportive of something you had learned or when you realized why something did not work.
The reader should be able to take your story and lesson learned and apply that to their classroom or to hold it in their professional toolbox of instructional strategies for later use or for sharing with a colleague.
Stories and lessons learned are limited to 900 words.
Stories must be written by the person making the submission and not been previously published.
Stories must provide all of the contact information, as found below, completed and included in the body of the email.
If your story is chosen for publication, you will be contacted requesting your permission to publish your submission. Because of the great number of submissions, you will only receive further information if your story has been selected for publication.
Feel free to submit more than one story, however, only one story may be submitted at a time with the submitter’s contact information also provided with each story and lesson learned submitted.
With each story you must provide the following information in the body of the email:
Submitter's Contact Information:
Name of Organization to Which you Belong:
**Also include your story and lesson learned in the body of the email. Be certain to provide a title for your story and the grade level at which the story took place.**
Submit your contact information, story and lesson learned to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note the addition of the word educators to the beginning of the address.)
Please place the text "educatorsahamoments" in the subject line.
Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2012,