Angels in Shipwrecks - Kaitlin Murphy-Knudsen
Angels in Shipwrecks: Place, Politic and Spirit in Modern Life

Guest Post for StudentsFirst.org

I have been offline for the past week due to a family emergency and will be posting a new blog soon. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy this guest blog I recently wrote for StudentsFirst.org, thanking the public school teachers I was blessed to have growing up in Barrington, RI. I will always be grateful for the energy and passion they brought to their students every day!



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Meredith on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:24 PM
What a wonderful article! Your colorful descriptions bring back fond memories from high school. It is so true that teachers have a tremendous influence over children development. When it comes down to it, it is the teachers, not the school building, the textbooks, curriculum, etc. that have the most impact upon a student's school experience.
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Kaitlin on Sunday, October 02, 2011 2:41 PM
Thanks! :)


Don on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:58 AM
I concur. The best teachers are more than likely side-stepping the district's curriculum, because it can tend to be dumbed-down, while they strive to meet the Standards. They seek that which will reach students in meaningful, real-life ways. The buildings, texts and curriculum don't matter. Kids will grow where they are planted.
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Kaitlin on Sunday, October 02, 2011 2:47 PM
Thanks for this Don! I agree that great teachers reach students in meaningful, real-life ways, but I don't think that's mutually exclusive from the curriculum. I do believe these teachers taught us the curriculum, but they found creative ways to do it that were specific to who they were and what they had to offer. If memory serves me correctly you are one of the greats :)...and correct me if I'm wrong but it always seemed to me you are able to take the curriculum way beyond the frame that it acts as, out into the world where science is real etc. (Maybe we're saying the same thing here).

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