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Abstract

Elizabeth Park, a middle school ESL teacher and adjunct faculty member at Bank Street, draws on her Master’s research done at the College to describe how she learned to work with three challenging students. Park brings to life her passion for her subject matter, for knowing her students, and for learning while teaching. These are the foundations of an effective progressive pedagogy.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Park has been fascinated for most of her life by the power of language to mystify, divide, clarify, and unify. She graduated from Bank Street College of Education in 2004, and was one of the speakers at her commencement. Since then, she has taught language courses at the College, and has continued to draw on her experiences there to keep her centered and focused. Her day job, being a middle school ESL teacher, provides her with rich opportunities to observe the power of language in both social and academic contexts.

 

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