Year in the Major:
Background on you:
Concerns you have about teaching/Topics you want to be sure we cover
Choose one quotation from the following, all taken from The Teaching Professor, and write your response/reaction to the quotation.
“The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” (Horace Mann, l796-l859, American Educator)
“The highest function of a teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit.” (Henri Frederic Amiel, l821-1881, Swiss philosopher)
“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” (Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1803-1873, English novelist)
“The true aim of every one who aspired to be a teacher should not be to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.” (Frederick William Robertson, 1816-1853, English clergyman)
“Teachers should be held in highest honor. They are the allies of legislators; they have agency in the prevention of crime; they aid in regulating the atmosphere, whose incessant action and pressure cause the life-blood to circulate, and to return pure and healthful to the heart of the nation.” (Lydia H. Sigourney, 1791-1865, American author)
Below are sample inventories I've given to students -- take and use what might be helpful to you.
From the following list of authors/titles/works indicate what you know or remember about any of them.
1. Homer/The Iliad, The Odyssey
2. The Old Testament/the New Testament
3. The Gilgamesh Epic
4. The Koran
5. The Taoists
6. Virgil/The Aeneid
7. Dante/The Divine Comedy
8. Chaucer/”The Pardoner’s Tale”
9. Christopher Marlowe/Dr. Faustus
11. Cervantes/Don Quixote
12. Shakespeare/The Tempest
13. Milton/Paradise Lost
15. Rene Descartes
16. Mary Wollstonecraft
17. Emily Bronte/Wuthering Heights
18. Leo Tolstoy/”The Death of Ivan Ilyitch”
19. Henrik Ibsen/ A Doll’s House
20. Chinua Achebe/Things Fall Apart
21. Albert Camus
22. Elie Wiesel
From the following major themes/issues please select 3 which you find important and valuable to you; that you are interested in and want to learn more about and that you want to do more thinking and writing about. Please rank these in order of importance by numbering them 1, 2, 3, with 1 being the theme of greatest interest to you.
______Death and afterlife/Burial rites
______Belief in God(s), Religious customs, rituals
______Marriage customs/Selection of spouse
______Fame, honor, glory, immortality
______The Role of Women/Rights of Women
______War as glory, valuable to manhood
______Peace and Harmony (national, familial, individual)
______The place of family/home/homeland
______Value of the Land and Natural Resources
______Love (specifically that leading to marriage)
______Wisdom figures/Respect of Elders
______Sense of Identity/Coming of Age/Rites of Passage
______Justice and Human Rights
______Psychological and emotional health
______Physical strength/Body Prowess
Inventory of Reading/Information Knowledge
l. Name a book (or books) you have read in the past year. Why did you read it? (or them?) What kinds of books do you like to read?
2. What newspapers do you read? How often do you read newspapers? (Indicate if these are your local/hometown papers)
3. What kind of magazines do you read?
4. What news do you watch (NBC, ABC, CNN, local, etc.)? How often do you watch the news?
5. Do you watch any of the news magazine type programs? (for example 20/20, Dateline, Nightline, etc.)
6. Do you listen to news on the radio? Do you ever listen to National Public Radio- NPR?
7. What kind of television do you watch? How much? How often?
8. Do you write letters? Do you do email? Would you rather make phone calls?
9. What kinds of music do you enjoy?
10. What is a topic (or topics) you find interesting enough or are you involved in enough that you read about it or discuss it or want to know more about it?