"…Dans le bonheur" (2009) Diadji Diop
Musée de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris, 2018
The main image that guides my teaching philosophy is a voyage. Not only does this idea highlight my dynamic teaching approach, it also captures an idea of learning as an exciting yet unpredictable process. According to Michel Serres, pedagogy is, above all, a passage of métissage, both intimidating and enriching, where the traveler adopts new mores, new habits, a new language, and a new way of seeing. My own experience as a traveler, immigrant, and multilingual educator helps me serve learners from diverse backgrounds to cross that passage and adopt new insights into their daily lives.
The Power of Words
Both in my language and literature teaching, I emphasize the broad extensions of language. Words can be instrumentalized to a number of ends, from everyday relations and art, but I also highlight its negative potential. A significant element of my teaching thus involves designing planned and modeled activities that transition to conversations that value student’s active and conscious use of words.
Conflict and Resolution
While cheerful activities are fundamental in my courses, I am also fond of the instructional power of conflict and debate in the classroom. I believe teaching French, American, or Comparative Literature not only focuses on learning about distant cultures, but also about critical issues that affect us all. My literature curriculum invites students to reexamine past and present economic, political, and social issues through the study of immigration, gender and sexuality, minority rights, and multiculturalism in order to consider different perspectives from dominant discourse.
Through the use of a variety of learning activities and a diverse selection of literary texts that challenge students to leave their comfort zone and experience other ways to see the world, my teaching aims to offer alternate forms of learning about different cultures and literary traditions. I am eager to teach language, composition, introduction to literary texts and literary analysis, and help students venture into new worlds.
"Danzas Indigenious" (1994) Judy Baca,
Balwin Park, California,, 2018