Much could be written about the semester, but this final post will serve mainly as an invitation to peruse our “Greatest Hits” in the section below. These posts were nominated by the class and the editorial collective as examples of the most engaging and significant work to emerge out of our work together this term. They suggest the range and […]Read more
The Contemporary Pedagogy course was a great and a very rewarding adventure! The more important aspect for me is that the course created a very strong sense of community – a welcoming place to discuss various themes, to express yourself, to listen to different perspectives and above all, to learn with you and the other […]Read more
Mark C. Carne, author of “Setting Student’s Minds on Fire” opens by addressing the national deficiency in higher education access. Why are enrollment numbers so low in the United States? Carne claims that the reason isn’t insufficient funding alone. He goes on to emphasize that the true reason that more people don’t have degrees is lack of […]Read more
“We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.”
– Jim Jeffords
Students are becoming more unplugged to the traditional lecture and classroom climate, so instructional strategies are becoming more fluid and learner-centered, connecting innovated methods to link students with learning and establishing ownership over their learning. Instructional strategies are evolving from internal to external, not delaying or permitting educational and technical trends to dictate change.
Being an instructor isn’t solely about being a wonderful educator or presenting great, effective teaching and learning strategies that directs students to their mastery level. It encompasses the ability to be a change agent and visionary in advancing and progressing the future of higher education as lustrous as the past and in doing so, remaining abreast of hot topics, technical and educational trends in teaching as well as in students’ cognitive development, being an advocate, being available, supportive, and innovated for students in reevaluating and reinventing instructional strategies that aligns or supports the new-age of learners.
Teaching and learning is rapidly evolving, so embrace the power of transformation (i.e. open access, MOOC’s, disruptive technology, social media, competency based learning, and etc.). The emergence of technical trends, educational environments, and teaching strategies is leveraging these developments to make the most of students’ learning experience and decisions.
The future in maintaining the balance of non-traditional and traditional learning is adapting to innovated or contemporary pedagogical approaches while retaining the foundation of traditional methods.Read more
My first experience in a formal teaching environment was as a substitute teach for Loudoun County Public Schools. I was a freshman at the time, and my teaching experience was limited to swimming lessons and babysitting. I had to eat lunch in the teacher’s lounge with the AP History teacher I had the year before. […]Read more
I connected so much with the article ‘When do medical students lose their empathy?’ found here – http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/10/medical-students-lose-empathy.html- that I thought I’d start writing on empathy and see where my thoughts take me. As I read the article above I realized, once again, that the degree to with I empathize or feel connected to situations … Continue reading Have I lost my empathy?Read more
After watching the video by Seth Godin, it made me take a hard look at how we approach education. I thought about my experiences within the educational system from grade school through my higher education and realized that I rarely thought of learning with an innovative approach. It always just consisted of me attending the classes and doing […]Read more
Have you ever felt like the outsider looking in? Do you hear the words of change fall on the deaf ears around but shrug and do what is needed for your grade anyway? Maybe I do. Parker Palmer’s “A New Professional” struck a chord when he brought up the need for change from within the […]Read more
I grew up in a school environment where it values math, and science, and devalues liberal arts. At the second year of high school, we have to choose between science and liberal arts as the major focus, in order to prepare for College Entrance Exam. In a school of 13 class groups for each year, … Continue reading Realizing the importance of humanities educationRead more
I get what Parker Palmer means when he argues we in education need to “uproot the myth of value-free knowledge.” Palmer argues cold, calculated, emotionally divorced students become cold, calculated, emotionally divorced graduates, emotionally divorced citizens, professionals, etc., and he argues this is not a good thing. Vulcans, Spock, logic over emotion, “needs of the […]Read more