“Before there are grants, research, conferences, books, and journals there is the experience of being taught and of teaching. Before the research post with no teaching, before the graduate students to mark the exams, before the string of sabbaticals, before the permanent reduction in teaching load, the appointment to run the Center, the consignment of pedagogy to a discipline called education, before the course designed to be a new book, teaching happened.”
- Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study
Before everything else, teaching happened.
What can we learn from transformative moments of being taught and of teaching?
This HASTAC forum on transformative teaching moments asks YOU to share and comment upon stories from within and beyond formal classroom: stories loosely based around the idea of a “transformative moment” in which teaching, or learning, occurred.
Whether it’s an epiphanic insight, a transcendent writing prompt, or a sustained silence that spoke volumes, we ask you to share the meaningful moments that we so often gloss over when protocols of grading and attendance take center stage.
Anecdotes need not offer an ostensibly transferable lesson (“hey, we should have all our students do this”).
Rather, the idea is to move beyond our oftentimes siloed classrooms and connect through the stories of our sometimes incommensurable, sometimes near-identical experiences.
What was a moment in which you were moved by transformative teaching? What can we learn from that magic?
Or have you experienced a moment on the flip side, a transformative moment of learning? What was that like and what impact did it have on you?
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