Our Wednesday blog posts are a smattering of ideas from a wider variety of sources than we cover on the other days of the week. Sometimes people will distinguish very sharply between ideas “of a religious nature” and others. Through most of the history of Christianity, the Church has held a different opinion. We strive to see all of life through the lens of Christian philosophy. All humans are, in one way or another, teachers. In this series of lectures, Dr. Patrick Allitt explores what it is to be a teacher. Let’s dig in.
The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. Performed by Patrick N. Allitt. U.S.A.: The Teaching Company, 2010. DVD. Lecture 1, "Successful Teaching"
Allitt has an extensive background as a teacher. He reports that his career as a teacher has been full of challenges, which helped him improve. Experiences in the British educational system including the tutorial system of research and recitation were instrumental in the formation of his diligence in scholarship. Seminars which involved interactive student discussions proved superior in development of his ability to explain ideas. As a young teacher, he had not been well prepared in educational tactics. He learned by making various mistakes and self-correcting.
This course seeks to uncover principles of teaching which should work with a variety of disciplines and settings. To prepare the course he interacted with faculty and students at numerous institutions. Allitt has extensive experience in a center for teaching where faculty would work to improve their abilities. His intention is to expose his viewers to different strategies which can be compared and evaluated. Education is so important and varied that everyone can learn and grow. Formation of lifelong learners is a primary goal of the course.
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