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Volume 55, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0007-8204
  • E-ISSN: 1943-2216


In this essay, the author reflects on his experience as a short-term substitute teacher in a high school English classroom. He considers the personal and professional tensions that led him there, the impact of his time in the classroom, and the potential it offered to identify and navigate the teacher educators’ “radical preferences” that might occasionally need sharpening.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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