Contrary to "populist" opinion, we still need expertise; but experts must recognize their own limits with humility and be open to the "gems" students bring to the classroom, which can enhance our own understanding and the ways we communicate our knowledge to others. On the best days in the classroom, the learners teach, and the teacher learns.
In this seminar, E. Taylor Atkins shares two quotations that form the core principles of my teaching philosophy and practice. As much as he enjoys the performative aspects of teaching, he is guided by the belief that all students possess "gems of inestimable value" within themselves, many of which they do not realize are there. He works to identify those and help pull them out. He shares some of the assignments and activities he has created (or in some cases, borrowed and adapted) to mine those gems.
teaching, history, education, teaching philosophy, students
Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Leadership | Educational Methods | History
Presidential Teaching Professor Seminars
Department of History
Atkins, E. Taylor, "Gems of Inestimable Value" (2021). Presidential Teaching Professor Seminars. 1.