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ERIC Number: EJ927075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
This Is the Story of How We Begin to Forget: Zen and the Art of Not Teaching Writing
Davis, Kevin
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v38 n4 p398-402 May 2011
The third goal of Zen practice, helping others achieve enlightenment, suggests that teachers should help students learn about their own composing practices and histories as part of their instruction, but they cannot help others until they learn to help themselves by reflecting on their own processes and histories, becoming enlightened, and liberating themselves. In this article, the author relates some stories, shares some passages from student essays, and explains how he claims responsibility not for "teaching" these students but only for having helped them learn how to get past their own self-imposed limitations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A