The classroom is a starting point for building a collaborative community of scholars, but learning and teaching also thrive when they happen outside classroom boundaries. My goal as a teacher is to excite students about the themes around which a class is organized and to help them delve deeply into the questions and theories that we’ll explore. I want them to come to the end of a semester with far greater awareness of, and respect for, the complexity and nuance of the world around us. I also want them to be more confident in articulating their own analyses of the ideas, texts, and debates that we discuss.
Teaching is a privilege; like writing, it’s a skill that can always be improved. Every class is an opportunity to engage and challenge students more fully, and to create richer, more supportive conditions for our shared journey of intellectual discovery.