Monday, April 21, 2008

Remembering how to teach

This semester has been a struggle for me, and as much as I would like to blame various factors, I have started to realize all the ways I have failed to be a teacher with a pedagogy or a plan. I need to remember:

1. Don’t just assign writing, teach it.
2. Don’t just cover material, interact with it.
3. Don’t just teach the course, teach the students.
4. Get the students to teach; they learn more from teaching than listening.
5. Don’t let the students disengage; confront disengagement.
6. Remember that the classroom is an environment; don’t let the environment deteriorate.

I'm sure the list needs to be much longer, but its a start.

18 comments:

Billie said...

This is good, Kevin. Thanks for posting this. I actually added a couple of these over at my place.

Kevin said...

Thanks! I tagged your 365 project for my visual culture and language class,and I'm interested in your coaching and composition project. The connection is under-developed.

Michael Faris said...

Hey, Kevin. I've been way behind in my blog reading, so I'm finally now getting to reading this (though I suppose it's only been a month). Thanks for the list — it's a good reminder of things to concentrate on as I'm improving my teaching and thinking about what's not working this term. :)

Thanks!

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