In a recent interview with TLN member  Elizabeth Stein, teacher-author Rick Wormeli talks about his latest book Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject — and extends the conversation to offer his well-considered views about the need for teachers to resist the anti-intellectualism common in many schools that Wormeli sees as a significant barrier to advancing the teaching profession.

Teachers who question policies, offer new research to consider, share compelling professional reading with others — who post regularly on professional networks and think critically about teaching and assessment practices — should be affirmed and supported, not made to feel like the goody-goody at the front of the room keeping everyone from recess….

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