This week’s challenge over at Document Life Workshop is to document a favorite teacher or a class. I honestly had a lot of trouble choosing, because I’ve been lucky to have so many wonderful teachers! I feel a bigger project coming on in the near future. But for now, I picked a story I really wanted to tell, and that was the story of Dr. Bach, my kryptonite.
I kept the design simple so that I could focus on the story:
Jake took the photos of Dr. Bach for the student paper at our university. I’m going to include that article in the next page of the scrapbook!
Dr. Bach was one of my favorite teachers at Park University. He taught European History, and I took several courses with him: Youth and Youth Culture, Europe: 1789-1914, Europe: 1914-1950s, and Contemporary Europe. He assigned the best books: I’ve re-read most of them and many of them are among my favorite works of non-fiction. I love that he taught social history in addition to big-picture history and gave such amazing lectures with rich details. Of all of the teachers I had on campus, I have the most vivid memories of what he taught.
Dr. Bach was also my kryptonite. My superpower is being able to write fast research papers with little effort; I’m also quite adept at sounding like I know a lot more than I do. But Dr. Bach had read everything, it seemed. He’d say, “You only read one chapter of that book, but that’s not what the argument of the entire work concluded.” Or he’d point out that a source had been scrutinized by the historical community for bias. So much for skimming resources. Because of this, he pushed me to be a better researcher and a much better non-fiction writer.
I also ended up defeated by my kryptonite once: Youth and Youth culture was the only course I failed at Park. It wasn’t because I didn’t do well in the class: I received A’s or B’s on my smaller papers, my midterm, and my final. But I never turned in the final paper. It wasn’t good enough, I’d put off the course work because I was taking it for pleasure rather than my degree requirements, and I found myself unable to gather the sources I needed to write a praise worthy paper. So rather than turning in a paper I deemed unacceptable, I took an incomplete and figured I’d re-take the course next semester. Unfortunately, Dr. Bach was laid off (which was ridiculous, as he was named best new teacher of the year) so I was unable to take the course again.
Since, I’ve been trying to track him down to see where he’s teaching, just so I can buy all of the required reading for his current classes. So thankful to have been his student.
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Now go check out the other team takes to the challenge at Document Life Workshop!
What teacher would you document?
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