Anecdotes and Afterthoughts: Literature as a Teacher's by Edward Podsiadlik III

By Edward Podsiadlik III

This qualitative trip explores how literature informs and demanding situations my realizing of training and studying. Insights, questions, and conflicts are printed via a sequence of essays during which my evolving instructor id is illuminated via literature and mind's eye. confidently examining this portrayal of literature, which has been a resource of academic perception and mind's eye for me, should be of use to different educators as they contemplate their very own educating. the first works of literature used to facilitate this trip are: The crimson Badge of braveness (1895), Les Miserables (1862), and American fool (2004); gentle in August (1932), Seinfeld scripts (1991-98), and Frankenstein (1818); and The Odyssey, evening (1960), and The Souls of Black people (1903). by means of delving underneath my external 'teacher mask,' a university of pictures, anecdotes, reflections, aspirations, and fears is uncovered. As a source for pre-service lecturers or a reflective workout for veteran academics, this learn goals to learn educators by way of supplying a brand new pathway during which to higher comprehend their intrinsic identities as lecturers. every one bankruptcy concludes with "Recommendations for mirrored image" that readers are inspired to think about separately and/or jointly. The spirit of daydreams permits me to combine literature, autobiography, and mind's eye via creative and encouraged discourses with literary figures, utilizing actual quotations as content material for unique commentaries that additional study the intrinsic nature of instructor identification. My wish is this trip will motivate different educators to extra think of realities and chances of what it capacity to be a instructor.

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The perspective of considering a simultaneous best and worst, an inclusive Winter and Spring, and a totality of everything and nothing inspired me to invite Jean Valjean more intimately into my classroom via Herbert Kretzmer’s (1985) lyrics for the Broadway production libretto. After the Bishop forgives Valjean’s earthly crimes, an oxymoronic motif of simultaneous opposites (death and birth) emerges: My life was a war that could never be won. They gave me a number and murdered Val Jean…. I’ll escape now from the world; from the world of Jean Val Jean.

59) Henry Fleming becomes the metaphor through which my students and I explore what James Hillman (1996) calls our invisible selves. Alongside Henry, we search beneath our various personae to ferret out deeper truths. e. ) lie the values and morals that intrinsically define and inform our authentic selves: And so it came to pass that as he trudged from the place of blood and wrath his soul changed. He came from hot plough-shares to prospects of clover prosperity, and it was as if hot plowshares were not.

Hugo calls this moment a collision of “the same harm and the same blessing” (p. 755). At the glorious moment in which he is reborn with a new identity, Valjean nevertheless “felt a deep and undefinable anguish in his heart” (Hugo, 1862, p. 752). Valjean opens up my classroom discussions in ways I had never previously thought possible. What in our lives is or has been a ‘good wound’ or a ‘kind hurt’? Is it possible that conflicting personal or public identities can co-exist or thrive? When the Bishop remarks that Valjean has a soul, what is he really saying?

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