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About Me

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My name is Brandon Merrill. I love education and work to be the best educator I can be.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in English Teaching from Brigham Young University. I was an associate in the and am a teacher consultant through
I am in my third year of being a secondary educator.

Idea Heritage

I’m indebted to many people. My ideas and work stem from theirs. Here is a list of the main people & work that influence the way I approach teaching.
The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 20th Anniversary Edition
<b>Wisdom that's been inspiring, motivating, and guiding teachers for two decades</b> <p><i>The Courage to Teach</i> speaks to the joys and pains that teachers of every sort know well. Over the last 20 years, the book has helped countless educators reignite their passion, redirect their practice, and deal with the many pressures that accompany their vital work. <p>Enriched by a new Foreword from Diana Chapman Walsh, the book builds on a simple premise: good teaching can never be reduced to technique. Good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher, that core of self where intellect, emotion, and spirit converge&#8212;enabling 'live encounters' between teachers, students, and subjects that are the key to deep and lasting learning. Good teachers love learners, learning, and the teaching life in a way that builds trust with students and colleagues, animates their daily practice, and keeps them coming back tomorrow. <ul> <li>Reclaim your own vision and purpose against the threat of burn-out</li> <li>Understand why good teaching cannot be reduced to technique alone</li> <li>Explore and practice the relational traits that good teachers have in common</li> <li>Learn how to forge learning connections with your students and &#34;teach across the gap&#34;</li> </ul> <p>Whether used for personal study, book club exploration, or professional development, <i>The</i> <i>Courage to Teach</i> is rich with time-honored wisdom, and contemporary clarity about the ancient arts of teaching and learning.
Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, 2nd Edition
<b>A practical guide to the essential practice that builds better teachers.</b> <p><i>Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher</i> is the landmark guide to critical reflection, providing expert insight and practical tools to facilitate a journey of constructive self-critique. Stephen Brookfield shows how you can uncover and assess your assumptions about practice by viewing them through the lens of your students' eyes, your colleagues' perceptions, relevant theory and research, and your own personal experience. Practicing critical reflection will help you&#8230; <ul> <li>Align your teaching with desired student outcomes</li> <li>See your practice from new perspectives</li> <li>Engage learners via multiple teaching formats</li> <li>Understand and manage classroom power dynamics</li> <li>Model critical thinking for your students</li> <li>Manage the complex rhythms of diverse classrooms</li> </ul> <p>This fully revised second edition features a wealth of new material, including new chapters on critical reflection in the context of social media, teaching race and racism, leadership in a critically reflective key, and team teaching as critical reflection. In addition, all chapters have been thoroughly updated and expanded to align with today's classrooms, whether online or face-to-face, in large lecture formats or small groups. <p>In his own personal voice Stephen Brookfield draws from over 45 years of experience to illustrate the clear benefits of critical reflection. Assumptions guide practice and only when we base our actions on accurate assumptions will we achieve the results we want. Educators with the courage to challenge their own assumptions in an effort to improve learning are the invaluable role models our students need. <i>Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher</i> provides the foundational information and practical tools that help teachers reach their true potential.

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