Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I came up with today's question because I read the lovely Alex's blog, called The Life And Times of A. Nightber. I encourage you to check out Alex's writing, and please leave comments for her. She deserves more attention. Alex is very interesting and funny and she has a lot to say about teaching, which leads us to our question for today:
Who was the best teacher you ever had?
Dr. C taught his students how to undertake a close textual analysis of a work of literature. This ability to analyze boosted my career as a reporter. I didn't really need journalism classes because I had Dr. C. The method of writing he taught prepared me for anything.
He also chose me as a grader for his English 101 students. I had this job for four semesters. It taught me to pick out errors in students' papers, and thus prepared me to work as an editor.
However, he also taught me the importance of boosting a writer's self-esteem by giving compliments as soon as someone did something right. My job was not merely to criticize. It was my job to bring out the best in students, and I like to think I apply the same cheerleader quality to my current work in editing.
Dr. C's mentoring has been one of the most important parts of my life. The man was almost always very serious in class, but he had a great sense of humor. And he loved it when I gossiped a bit about the head of the department and told him what a lousy teacher she was. He would have me close his office door so we could chat. If I were to see him again after all these years, I know he would be so proud of the career I've enjoyed.
Now, how about you: Who was the best teacher you ever had? I can't wait to read your answers.
I apologize for going AWOL for so long. I'll try to write a post this week that explains what I'm up to.
Infinities of love,