I have to say that after I took the Future Professoriate class last semester, I felt that I experienced another whole new level of how my future as professor is going to be. With this class I realized that we don’t have to stick to the same method to accomplish something. We all know that the semester was all about blogging, but what the blogs were about is the most important part that allowed me to see that we as professors have to keep an open mind at every moment if we want to succeed.
Contemporary Pedagogy class not only helped me understand that there is more to be done but also I was able to see everybody point of view and how they see each other in the future as professors. I love flowcharts when it comes to explain something, therefore I developed one to present how was my way of thinking related to teaching before I took this two classes. It shows a simple process where I though that we should simply teach and whether the student is learning or not, I don’t have to change my method because is their fault that they are not having fun and learning. THIS IS COMPLETELY WRONG!
This way of thinking is not only wrong, is the most selfish way of thinking that unfortunately exist in todays world. I remembered when I took Calculus III during my undergrad in Puerto Rico with Lev Steinberg, a Russian professor. During that semester there were two sections with approximately 30 students each. Long story short, at the end of the semester there was only me in the morning section and 4 student the afternoon section. I got the hardest 86 % (B) that I had to work in my life, but since I noticed that I was the only student in my section he will be nice enough to give me the A. I couldn’t be more wrong. After a long conversation trying to convince him that he should change his teaching method and of course my grade, he told me that it was not his fault that the students in my section were dumb and lazy and his teaching method is the right one because that’s why he got his tenure. This is a two way street where if we work together, in the same way the professor teach the student what is on his/her side of the street, the student can also teach them what’s on their side.
I had several experience that made me understand that there things to be changed, but lets start talking about how I “connected the dots” during this semester. Once again I will put it the simplest way using the following diagram:
Throughout the semester I learned that there is a more innovative way to teach in the 21st century that some of us are willing to put into practice. I believe that this new way of teaching takes into consideration four main areas, although I’m sure that most of you will think differently. The learning stage of the students has to be one that considers all the possibilities to get the attention of each one of them by applying methods such as connected learning and problem based learning that will allow them to learn mindfulness. The professors need tools to become the one in the 21st century. Finding their authentic teaching self will allow them to establish their best teaching philosophy and their learner centered syllabus that will help them in the teaching process. The tools will help the professors define if their teaching approach in order to be critical/inclusive to challenge the students by creating a dynamic environment. At last, since everything was implemented, the relation student/professor has to be evaluated to verify how the student adapts to the new system by using his imagination and critical thinking. Also the student will evaluate the professor to verify if the learning method was productive, how feasible were their tools and how good was the pedagogy applied
I know is a little bit broad, but I believe the dots of the Contemporary Pedagogy course were connected in the simplest form by using what I have learned. Of course, there is a lot more to include, but I will let everyone fill in the possible blanks depending on their way of thinking.