How Great Students Can Change a Teacher’s Life by @andrewdkaufman #students #life #teacher

We’ve all heard stories about great teachers who have changed students’ lives. Far less common are stories from teachers about students who have changed their lives, yet anybody in the teaching profession knows that learning is a reciprocal activity that can have a profound impact on both members of the exchange.  Just as there are…

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How I Learned to Get Out of My Own Way as a Teacher by @andrewdkaufman #teacher #teaching #college

For years as a college teacher, I thought I knew my subject. When it came time to creating the syllabus for my introduction to Russian literature class, I did what most professors do: I decided which novels, stories, and poems I needed to cover in a matter of fourteen weeks, divided the total number by…

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What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Teaching by @andrewdkaufman #passion #teaching #classroom

Most of us who got into teaching believe in the passion and power of a classroom to inspire change in our students, in our society, in our world. And yet somewhere along the line, whether because of bureaucratic pressures of working within an educational institution or because of the sheer demands of life, we may…

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Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature by @andrewdkaufman #resilience #Books #BooksBehindBars

When Lisa* applied to my course, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership” in which University of Virginia students lead discussions about Russian literature with incarcerated youth at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center, she and I both had high hopes for her success in the class. Her application was impressive. A highly intelligent, passionate, socially conscious…

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