Personal Reflections on Teaching Reviewed by Jimmy Stallworth, Medical University of South Carolina
Personal Reflections on Teaching
Reviewed by Jimmy Stallworth, Medical University of South Carolina
My favorite book on teaching is Tuesdays with Morrie. More personal to me is that one of my students got the book signed by the author and sent it to me. One of the most impacting films to me was The Killing Fields. I don't know if it was because I did not go to Viet Nam and I knew of those who did or what. Perhaps it was just the timing of the film and my life views on war, etc. How one decides their favorites in life is sometimes a mystery if asked exactly why that particular entity "fits the bill." Such is my perspective regarding Tuesdays with Morrie, one of my most favorite reads. The book chronicles Mitch, the learner, and his visits with and flashbacks about, Morrie, his favorite college professor. Mitch learns very important life lessons as he visits Morrie on Tuesdays in the twilight of Morrie's life. "It's never too late" and "death ends life, not a relationship" are examples of aphorisms peppered throughout the book. The book can be read at one sitting and would not be considered a literary heavyweight. Yet its fundamental message, written with heart felt simplicity, scores a knockout. If the fire in your belly regarding teaching needs rekindled, read this book. As an academician in pediatrics, I only hope to have impacted on a learner in such an important way. Perhaps this book being one of my favorites is not a mystery after all.
(Have you ever been as affected by a teacher as Mitch Albom - the author of Tuesday's with Morrie"? Steve Miller)