University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Learner Centeredness Module - Reading

Developing Background Knowledge about the Learner Centered Classroom

Prior to participating in the Learner Centered Workshop, teachers should read the following text entitled Entertaining an Elephant by William McBride.


ntertaining an Elephant: A Novel about Learning  and Letting Go

Entertaining an Elephant A Novel about Learning and Letting Go
Author: William McBride
Entertaining an Elephant is the heartwarming story of a burned-out teacher struggling though his fifteenth year of teaching. Through a set of unexpected events, this teacher becomes re-inspired with both his profession and his own life. Woven into this short novel are quotes from world-renown spiritual and philosophical writers who suggest ways for us to face the tough challenges of today’s world.

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Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student

Material Type(s): 

  • Instruction

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Environment
  • Professionalism