Statement of Pedagogy: Jonathan Sanford Saul
My teaching methodology follows these simple steps:
Step 1: Motivation
Step 2: Definition & Understanding of terms
Step 3: Explanation, exploration, discussion, debate
Step 4: Questions & Answers
Step 5: Practice: Time & Effort
Step 6: Demonstration (or proof)
I absolutely believe that motivation is required for learning. I have found that
students become more motivated to learn when they understand how they will
profit from the experience. I teach ‘communication’ all the time, regardless of
the subject matter.
Throughout, I seek to establish a ‘learning rapport’ with the students, constantly
reminding them of their need to apply themselves (and think) in order to succeed.
I emphasize the need for students to be ‘self-aware’ learners. I share with my students
the goals and the processes in which we engage. For example, a definition of terms
lesson or an opportunity to debate is always clearly identified.
My methodology is experientially based. I create and/or draw upon common/familiar
experiences (ranging from reading a document, watching a video, listening to music,
to conducting a group discussion) designed to provide a basis for discussion and
exploration of ideas, concepts, relationships and consequences.
I intersperse these experiences with didactic lessons, ranging from the presentation
of theories and facts to thought provoking questions, ethical dilemmas and historical debates.
I push students and pull them. I stretch their minds to think about life in ways, perhaps,
they have not thought before. I emphasize that one’s perspective determines one’s vision.
I encourage my students to explore different perspectives, to experience different ways
of looking at the world and to ask questions. I admonish my students when questions
are not asked, threatening to repeat the entire lesson if questions are not forthcoming
(I have never actually had to do this).
I encourage my students to read, read, and read. I assist them in writing and speaking proper
English as well. I strive for them to understand the communication process as an
integral part of their quest to acquire knowledge and skills.
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