A novel about teaching

Stoner- a novelI’ve recently read a novel by John Williams – StonerThis is a novel about teaching and one of the best I’ve ever read. I don’t believe that novels have messages. I do believe that by reading about the teaching style of others we can influence our teaching style. By reading Stoner I learnt about Stoner’s growth into teaching and how this affected his style.

It is, in my perspective, a novel about a man falling in love. First he falls in love with his discipline. Then he falls in love with teaching. Then he falls in love with another person. Stoner, the character isn’t a great success in life. In fact, one of the most amazing things about the novel is that Williams sums up the plot on the very first page; a literary device I have never seen. This one-page summary proves that a novel is never about plot.

It is also a great story about life in a university.

Have you read a novel about teaching that has influenced your style of teaching? Leave a comment.


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