In America, teachers are either seen as angelic or caustic, saviors or sycophants. These stereotypes enable politicians to convince the public to support the latest education fad or slash needed budgets. The reality is we teach because we love to help kids, and we think literature is a way to examine and understand our complex lives. We do our best to help students inhabit the world of novels. The worlds of those texts might be imagined, but the emotions are palpable and authentic. We do real work in public schools. That, I can assure you, is not fiction.
Me: OK, let’s start by opening your web browser.
Client: Web browser?
Me: The little ‘e’ with the swoop – Internet Explorer. Or Firefox, or Chrome, or –
Client: I got it, I got it. Now what?
Me: Now click in the address bar?
Client: Wait, what?
Me: The address bar is –
Client: No, what do you mean ‘click?’