Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges


Doug Thiele

Author Bio(s)

Doug Thiele is an Instructor of English at Tidewater Community College, where he teaches Composition and Creative Writing. He is a successful lyricist, and his poetry and short stories are widely published. He lives with his wife and grandsons in Hampton Roads.


This author discovered that his most powerful tool in the classroom was not to lecture, but to stop speaking at all. The effect of the resulting silence was even more positive than he could have imagined.