The Complex Journey of William Doll, Teacher Educator
Chapter 3. Pedagogy of Presence
Pedagogy of Presence
Relationality is the “glue” (of connections) which holds any system together. (Doll, 2008/2012, p. 28)
Most of William Doll’s students have a deep appreciation for his presence in teaching and mentorship that accompanies them through a learning process often filled with difficulties and challenges. Sharing life, sharing food, and sharing ideas with students both inside and outside of the classroom, Doll teaches what he is. As both Al Alcazar and Stephen Triche—both his former advisees—put it, one cannot separate Doll as a person from the class he teaches. Triche perceives Doll as being one with the class: “He does not merely teach us the content; he really teaches himself. He fully believes in the things that he teaches: It is part of him and he is part of it” (interview with Triche, 2012). Such a unity between the teacher and teaching is remarkable, just as Ted T. Aoki (1992/2005) comments, “Good teachers are more than they do; they are the teaching” (p. 196).
Alcazar used to drive with Doll—they lived near each other in the New Orleans area—to Friday seminars that Doll taught at LSU in Baton Rouge. Alcazar enjoyed all those conversations during the drive. He commented, “He is the guy who drives, he is the guy who teaches, he is the guy who invites you←45 | 46→ to lunch, and he laughs the same way wherever he is” (interview with Alcazar, 2012)...
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