Frank McCourt – Great Teachers Find Classroom Lessons Everywhere
With the passing of Frank McCourt, remembrances are understandable. His brilliant Angela Ashes, of course, marks him as a literary giant, but to many kids he was far more important, he was their teacher.
What a superb teacher he must have been. As with most of the great ones, he could create a lesson out of anything imaginable, including the art of forged notes and excuses for missing school or unfinished homework.
The true brilliance of course lay in his ability to first reach kids where they were at, then take them someplace they would never have gone on their own.
He doesn’t just get these kids to review the notes they forged, he takes them on a creative journey, having them write such notes for some of the world’s most famous historical figures.
A brilliant author.