In this provocative and moving essay, Clio Stearns, a Bank Street educated teacher, toggles back and forth between moments with her young daughter who daily grows more attached to books and moments with her fifth grade students who remain disconnected from her carefully chosen texts. Refracted through a psychoanalytic lens and a deeply caring heart, Stearns’ description of her classroom practices offers a canny account of all that she must give up in order to see through and past her students’ resistance. In a surprising turn of events she learns to join with her students as they become curious readers of the world that really matters to them.
Stearns, C. (2013). Toward a More Loving Framework for Literacy Education. Occasional Paper Series, 2013 (29). Retrieved from http://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2013/iss29/1