Pedagogy

On comings and goings: mentorship, freedom, and respect in modern education

The first student to whom I taught this method, in a one-on-one arrangement, chose to discontinue the process. We had been checking in once per week by way of a phone call, and after the first few there grew to be gaps in their frequency. At first this was due to my student taking a… Continue reading On comings and goings: mentorship, freedom, and respect in modern education

Curriculum, Pedagogy

Practical applications for teaching and studying literature as a means to understanding self and world

As anyone knows who’s been following this blog, I’ve created a method of teaching and studying literature that helps us to get out of an othering view toward a text’s characters, instead identify with them, and through this process, learn wisdom about ourselves and our lives which we can then put into practice by transforming… Continue reading Practical applications for teaching and studying literature as a means to understanding self and world

Pedagogy

Rationale as a form of safety

The other week a student I was working with expressed frustration at the experience of engaged annotation. “To switch perspectives every time a new character comes up is confusing,” he complained, “Can’t I just identify at length with the experience of one character?” While I agreed that he could, I also explained that the reason… Continue reading Rationale as a form of safety