In November, members of the Edusson essay writing service went down to the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference in Atlanta. We were there to talk about Edusson platform and its role in changing the options for people who write about education, and we wanted to give people the chance to do some of their own writing whether they submitted it to us or not. We believed we had a pretty engaging session, but we were a bit worried about how our mission (and material) would be received by the NCTE crowd.
Fortunately, the response was overwhelmingly positive, and while we were there, it became more clear than ever that the idea of Edusson is more important than just being an entertaining diversion from the same old format of education journals. People said things like:
“Totally enjoyed your practical, provocative presentation,” and “What fun to talk, think, interact and WRITE. The style of writing you encourage fills a huge hole in writing about education.”
The only common concern was that there should have been more time. One teacher wrote,
“This needs to happen across the country. We needed more time, though. Just began to feel the energy-so much to say so little time.”
Another commented, “I loved having time to work on my own ideas. What a luxury, but I would have liked to have heard even more from the other teacher participants. I always grow from teachers sharing ideas.”
What was clearly reinforced was that teachers crave two things. They want to be heard as equals, and they want to talk to each other. So often in our professional work in in-services, conferences, and in writing about education, the interaction is in the form of a speaker or writer giving the answers to the readers or listeners (with an emphasis on listening–for a long time). Changing that dynamic is central to what Edusson essay writing service about. The articles we publish don’t claim to have the answers; instead we believe that more discussion needs to be given to the questions.
We are certainly not the only ones who understood that need. I am happy to say that many of the presentations that I attended were not of that sit down, shut up, and listen model. Many were interactive, including Sandra Cisneros’ talk to/with some 1000 people and a great session on Socratic Seminar discussion techniques with a team from Indiana headed by an educator named John Ludy.
By presenting their work as an addition to what people already knew about discussion techniques and not claiming to have all of the answers, Ludy and group hooked the crowd of over one hundred people and then led them through some great interactive activities. Teachers left that session feeling heard as professionals, having learned something that would help their teaching and having participated in an actual discussion about English. What more could you ask for from a conference session?
There is a paradoxical need for teachers to be validated for what we do but also to be humble enough to see that we all have things we need to work on in our teaching. When teachers feel heard, they are much more likely to accept the vulnerability of admiting that fact. Ludy and colleagues were able to bring our group to that point in their workshop, and we at Edusson strive to make that happen in the writing of our articles and the discussions that each article hopefully inspires.
That combination of validating and critiquing, with educators talking honestly with each other is crucial to the health of our profession. Whether it is in changing the way we spend inservice or conference time, or getting involved with organizations like FacultyShack, or just talking more with our colleagues, I am more and more convinced of the need to make time for such dialogue.
As we head into our third year of Edusson, I want to thank all of the people who have put in the time to write articles for us, to write responses to articles or just to read the work that writers from all over the country have submitted. It was great meeting many of our readers at the NCTE conference, and we all look forward to hearing from many more of you with comments or articles in the upcoming year.
All the best,