In this article, I propose that teacher educators use the metaphor of translation to illuminate the process of preparing to teach. Drawing on my analysis of the experience of preservice teachers enrolled in a methods course required for certification to teach at the secondary level, I explain how a project based in that class supports the preservice teachers' translations. Through a weekly exchange of letters with selected students who attend a local public high school, and ongoing reflection on that exchange, preservice teachers enrolled in this methods course face two challenges: to translate what it means to be a teacher as they translate themselves into teachers, and to translate the language they use with students as they interact with those students.
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published as Alison Cook-Sather, "Between Student and Teacher: Learning to Teach as Translation," Teaching Education 12, no. 2 (2001), 177-190, © 2001 Taylor and Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10476210120068066.
Cook-Sather, Alison. "Between Student and Teacher: Learning to Teach as Translation." Teaching Education 12, no. 2 (2001): 177-190.