When students find me to tell me they want me to watch certain movies, listen to certain songs, read certain books, or view certain youtube videos, I beam all week. For me, this conversation marks something so special. It’s the connection between student and teacher that makes teaching so rewarding and inspiring.
And it doesn’t always happen.
I’m always telling them what to think about, so when they tell me what I should experience, I’m not just the distant lecturer up front; I’m a person they connect with. A learning community forms where we all share the joys of our discoveries. They say, “You have to see this! I totally thought of you when I read this! You will love it!” or “I have to show you this. This made me think of something you said in class.”
These days of teaching I treasure.