Active Pedagogy and University English
Posted: August 17, 2010 Filed under: Essays, Teaching, Tutorials | Tags: active learning, pedagogy, student engagement, Teaching, Tips
For the last four or five years, I’ve been investigating ways of changing my teaching.
Like most faculty of my generation, I learned to teach largely by imitation and guesswork. I mimicked the teachers and classes I enjoyed as a student and otherwise experimented with techniques and ideas grabbed magpie-like from various sources.
This worked well at Yale, and, as I was recently reminded during a PhD seminar in Digital Anglo-Saxon studies at Memorial, is probably generally a good approach with highly motivated students who already have a sense of how literary scholarship works.
It works less well with students who don’t have a natural sense for what is interesting and appropriate in critical discussions or who have yet to develop experience in that kind of debate.