Oh dear…there are times when I realize how deeply ingrained “Teacher Thinking” is in my brain. When my own children were little, every once in awhile they would say to me, “Mom, you’re acting like a teacher again.” This morning I ran into a blatant example of my teacher thinking…
I went to my bookshelves to search for a good read for Dolce Bellezza‘s Japanese Literature Challenge #6. I enjoy Meredith’s challenges, and thought this would be a good way to gentle myself back into challenges mode after my long hiatus from blogging. I was surprised to find, on different bookshelves, the following books. I realized that I think (without intending to do so) in themed connections!
Theme #1: Professors!
- The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa
- The Professor’s House, by Willa Cather
- The Professor, by Charlotte Brontë
- The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester
- Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume
- Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country, by Rosalind Miles
- Summer, by Edith Wharton
- Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall
- Summer of the Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls
- The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars
Parker Palmer, in his book The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Mind, describes the art of teaching this way:
Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.
As surprising as it was to find all these books on my shelves, I realize that I have always thought this way… If I look back at my childhood reading, I find similar patterns. Since I am a 4th generation school teacher, I can only conclude that there must be a gene in the family for that “capacity for connectedness”. One of my college professors, who knew my family well, joked that it was a “mutant gene.” I’ll bet that many of my book blogging friends, teacher friends, and librarian friends all have this same way of thinking!