Everyone assumes that teachers like to teach, even that they love it. But is it reasonable to expect them to sacrifice a good living for the pleasure of it all? Dora Zhang raised the question in Monday’s Chronicle Review.
When I try to explain to my students this mysterious thing called “close reading,” I often use a metaphor. Books are like people, I say. They’re complicated and multilayered, and they take time to get to know. Like people, they’re not always upfront about (or even aware of) their intentions and motivations. You have to listen carefully and observe closely and read between the lines.
Read the piece at The Chronicle Review.