The art of pedagogy: sounds so boring, right? Pedagogy sounds pedantic.
Teaching should be an adventure, because I think if you are doing it right, you are also learning along with your students.
I tell my students that I do not know everything. Shocker, right? They know things I don’t know. Another shocker. Together we create the learning and teaching environment. I encourage them to bring their knowledge to bear on the subjects we discuss.
Lecturing is NOT my favorite mode of delivery, although i think sometimes it is necessary. But only in small increments.
My philosophy of teaching is a lot like my philosophy of life: I only have two eyes to view the world and two ears to hear it with. I have one mouth that does me no good if it is always open. I need other people to correct my nearsightedness. I need other people to help me unclog my own ears. I need to listen more than I speak because only then will I learn what is true, real, and good.
My goal is to live this philosophy every day. I fall short. Quite a bit. But then, I suppose we all do. We all need each other to become our best selves.