WEBSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Phone: 508-943-1922 Fax: 508-949-2648
School Hours 7
As a teacher, I believe in mixing up my teaching based on the material, rather than trying to fit the material into the same pedagogical box. Some classes are better taught focused on a discussion of a single quotation. Others work best by putting five or six authors in conversation with one another. Others thrive when an image, or a series of images, is the focal point of the conversation. In each class, at the very least, I try to engage students in a variety of ways, with visuals, sounds, and words. However, I also believe that less can be more. Each class I lead has a particular goal, and each discussion is the result of careful preparation. I don't want my students to leave class with their heads spinning from overstimulation. I want them to engage the material at hand, and to leave each class with some concrete understanding.
Teaching history for me hinges on the balance between teaching content and teaching skills. The two, of course, are related: historical inquiry involves the ability not only to grasp a certain amount of information, but also to classify, organize, and analyze it and then to convey ones conclusion in clear prose. I try to model this process for students in my lectures, and I challenge them to do this in discussions. I especially work with them on cultivating this process in their writing.
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