The voice of Regie Routman is one that has repeatedly played over and over in my head throughout my career. She's taught me a lot, but the thought above is one of the most foundational principals that has influenced my pedagogy. Regie preaches authenticity, and she sees a difference between what typically takes place in schools and what takes place in the real world. She wants to bridge the gap by making classroom instruction mirror the world that kids live in when they're not in our classrooms. Yep, Regie's all about things I'd like to be all about. I can't say I'm altogether there. There are things that happen in my classroom that are more school-ish than I'd like, and I struggle to find ways to make them more like the real world. I guess that's what Regie wants of me though - to reflect and ask the hard questions about school things. I so want to be like her.
This past week I read a blog post from Regie via Facebook and left her a message.
Can I be me and her at the same time?