My name is Douglas Jackson. I work with deaf elementary students in El Paso, Texas. I have done this for most of my twenty-odd year career, except for a three year stint as the coordinator of a law-related education program and some glorious summers as a teacher of gifted and talented students. I was a 2000 Disney American Teacher Award Honoree. That is how I met the wonderful and kind Lynda Van Kuren of the CEC, who has asked me to share some thoughts with you during what educators ought to call May Madness.
I have been reading most of the blog entries for the past school year, all the while wondering what exactly I could contribute that be worthy of such company, let alone serve as the culmination of this year’s opus. And I should tell you that despite my deep regard for data-driven, issue-oriented, research-based discussions of the classroom, my own inclination is toward stories, analogies and parables. I will attempt to share some of these as the year winds down.