A Caterpillar Morphs into a Butterfly

  • Stephanie Lyu Rhee Youngstown State University
Keywords: teaching, students’ learning, transformation, social work, teaching, students' learning, transformation, social work


Teaching connotes more than disseminating knowledge. Teaching opens up students’ habitual cocoons and exposes them to new ideas and ways of thinking so that students are encouraged to question and challenge their established assumptions, knowledge, values, and/or beliefs. I believe such metamorphosis can occur in our students and, as a teacher, I can be the essential and integral part of such a transforming process. However, metamorphosis can also be a two-way process between teacher and student. This paper is also about my own journey of awakening.

Author Biography

Stephanie Lyu Rhee, Youngstown State University

Department of Social Work

Assistant Professor