This book, Epiphany In A Cluttered Room, is a memoir of sorts. It takes me back to the days of my earliest teachers, to a very elementary time and place in my life. From the clutter of a room will grow the central understanding about what makes me the human being I am today. Enjoy the journey back with me, to “elementary” sources of knowledge, marvelous and majestic. Meet my teachers, see my classmates, share my memory of learning the lessons of life in and out of the classroom and on the playing fields. Enjoy the journey with me, from the clutter of my present room where I write, where I describe the world as it appears to me.
Teaching and learning is the common thread that runs throughout my life. In everything I have ever done, I have first learned something, then learned it even better, deeper, more thoroughly, by teaching what I had learned, to others.
I began my teaching career when I was four years old. That was the age at which I learned to read, to write, and to do math. By the time I entered first grade, I was many years ahead of my classmates in terms of linguistic development. So it was only natural for my teachers to encourage me to help my classmates. And this is how it all began.
I wrote Epiphany in A Cluttered Room because writing is life for me. I live to write and I write to live. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning and it’s the last thing I do at night. If I stopped writing I would probably stop living. It is who I am, a writer, an author. Writing gives me the opportunity to share my experience and views, my creativity and.my passions with other people around the world, and that is what I do in this memoir.
It is absolutely amazing to me, even nowadays, that what I write from my cluttered office in my home in Chile gets read by some person in China or Turkey or England or the USA or anyplace on the globe. As you can see, writing is powerful. It’s modern day magic, and I’m the magician. Beyond the marvels of magic, I feel compelled to share my stories with other people in hopes that my words may provide the inspiration that they have been looking for, to create hope and support for anyone who needs it.
Some while back, a long time ago, I realized I was born a teacher. That is to say, my God-given ability, the gift of my birth, was teaching. I did nothing, I simply am and always have been, a teacher, that’s what I was born to be…
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The book has 10 chapters. It starts off by describing a cluttered room where the author writes at. By the time the first chapter ends, you know the author very well, not because he has told you about himself, but because you have come to know what his work space contains. The epiphany here is that character is expressed in the way that we live and by the objects we surround ourselves with. It is a unique introduction to the author, his interests and the people whose pictures hang on the walls of his office. The fact that the book is dedicated to his wife and to his son speaks volumes about their place in his heart and in his life.
Born To Teach: John Dewey wrote, “…success in teaching is often not in any direct ratio to knowledge of educational principles.”
This is often true in English Language Teaching, where years of study can produce a teacher well-schooled in culture, sociology, psychology, pedagogy and grammar, yet deficient in the ability to speak, read, understand, or write in English, or vice versa.
Nonetheless, Dewey felt that, “But what is overlooked …is that the successes of such individuals tend to be born and to die with them: beneficial consequences extend only to those pupils who have personal contact with such gifted teachers… the contributions of such men and women in the past have been thus confined, and the only way by which we can prevent such waste in the future is by methods which enable us to make an analysis of what the gifted teacher does intuitively, so that something accruing from his work can be communicated to others.”