In my wanders in the internet today, I came across a 2002 article called Teaching to the Six*. In, Michael Berube discuss’ his acceptance of the fact that he cannot reach all his student. That “for half or more of the than half of the students in an undergraduate-survey classroom, you are a node in their lives just as they are nodes in yours.” It’s a delicate balance that I think he plays with. Some instructors who accept that they teach to their six can be dismissive or angry at the other 12 to 18 – how do you find an acceptance of who your students are, and what you are to your students?
*from the journal: Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture. Volume 2, Number 1. Available from the SFU library