The "Inventive Teacher" is a term used by Mike Rose in his book, Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America's Underprepared. New York: Free Press, 1989. In his book, he states:
"There ended up being little room in such a curriculum--unless the inventive teacher created it--to explore the real stuff of literacy: conveying something meaningful, communicating information, creating narratives, shaping what we see and feel and believe in to written language, listening to and reading stories, playing with the sounds of words. Writing and reading are such private acts that we forget how fundamentally social they are: We hear stories read by others and we like to tell others about stories we read; we learn to write from others and we write for others to read to us"
New teachers and veterans alike enjoy creating new materials for their students. This course will explore a variety of teaching pedagogies to provide the "inventive teacher" with "room" to explore and "grow" in his/her teaching.
Each week, a group of teachers will discuss the Mike Rose book, and will post their discussions, and then engage in various activities.