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A Brief Introduction

As a graduate student in my final year of doctoral studies, I've had the opportunity to observe a variety of teaching methods, techniques, and resources used by a number of instructors–some better than others. In just my sixth year of teaching, I still have a lot to learn, but I have identified a few things that I would like to accomplish during my teaching career.

To avoid boring anyone with my teaching philosophy, I'll focus primarily on one issue: the sharing of resources. Most everyone has had an experience when they have eaten at a friend's house and tried an exquisite salad, pasta, pastry, dessert, or whatever it may be. Anyone who likes to cook may have also asked for the recipe in order to add to their growing list of delectible foods that they can make. If they have done it enough, their request has undoubtedly been turned down a time or two. The friend may use the excuse that it is a secret recipe. To my reader out there in cyberspace, have you ever wondered why that is? Perhaps you are one of those people. The person probably doesn't own a restaurant and has no monetary reason to preserve such a secret. Perhaps they fear the idea expressed by Syndrome in The Incredibles, "And when I'm old and I've had my fun, I'll sell my inventions so that everyone can be superheroes. Everyone can be super. And when everyone's super, no one will be." Perhaps they just want to be known as the person who can make amazing linguini, enchiladas, etc. If they share their secret, more and more people will learn the recipe and that person will no longer be known for their special skill/knowledge.

As a teacher, I respect the right that these people have to withhold their secret, but in most cases I'm of the opinion that the sharing of such knowledge could only make the world a better place. In academia, some teachers closely guard their teaching materials, effectively preventing other teachers from using them or students from viewing or studying them outside of the classroom. They live in a competitive market and may feel that they need to preserve whatever edge they have on other teachers. As the creator or collector of the material, they too clearly have the right to control the material.

I have been the beneficiary of a number of very generous instructors, however, who have helped me understand the benefit of sharing resources. When teachers share, more and more classes benefit from better teaching materials. As a result, more students, more individuals receive a better education. Isn't that the essence of being a teacher–sharing your knowledge and resources with as many people as possible so that they will receive a better education?

In addition to presenting myself, I hope to use this website to eventually share the growing weath of images and information that I have been collecting. For the time being, my efforts will be limited to sharing a few compressed images and unedited plot summaries. As time allows, I plan to add thousands of scanned images in the public domain along with pictures that I have taken. I also hope to finish electronically transcribing and editing the 1,700 plot summaries written by Richard W. Tyler of Spanish and Latin American comedias, primarily from the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

To the educators out there, I hope you can make use of the resources on this site. Hopefully, with time and more server space, the quantity and quality of the material will improve. To everyone else, I hope the perusal of the information is beneficial to your appreciation of the vibrant history of Spain and Latin America.

If you have grammar lessons, images, or literary material that you would like to add to the site, feel free to send it to me. If it meets the mission of this site, I will gladly add it.

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Pictures taken in Spain

Spanish and Latin American Playwrights

Richard W. Tyler Files--Plot Summaries Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
USATODAY Scentsy Real Academia Española
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