Pedagogy (Philosophical Teaching)
The word “Pedagogy” has Greek origins and it means “educate, teach manners and tutor youngsters”. Nowadays it is a synonym to “teaching” and to be more precise it means teaching to the test. Modern educational systems are build in a way that favor very specific skills, such as efficient short term memory, competitive behavior and tolerance to stress, in their majority skills that have nothing to do with real pedagogy.
While universities around the world are getting synchronized with modern technologies and incorporate the science of space (learning promoting environment) on buildings, classrooms and lecture theaters, the major component (that of teacher and teaching) remains loyal on producing students that are under-trained to think for themselves. By the time they graduate they are tired from the endless mark hunting and the fear of not being proved smart enough to the eyes of their teachers and colleagues.
An antidote for such a system can be a philosophical approach to teaching. An approach that will ignite sparks in the mind and hearts of students. Make them critical and provide them with tools that will help them find the answers themselves and allow to generate more and deeper questions. Education should not only challenge their memorization skills but it should challenge their beliefs and mind sets, and expand their perspectives to a more holistic approach. Such an approach should not be easy, but instead of stressing the students should provide a healthy “stretch” and challenges that will make them grow mentally and psychologically.
My teaching philosophy in brief
My teaching philosophy is a “philosophical teaching” approach. My goal is to promote creative thinking, and creative imagination and to individualize learning experience, to inspire and motivate students by showing honest passion and enthusiasm and to never stop learning and developing myself. Keeping an open mind and heart consists the best attitude to create a better world. Our classes are mind hatcheries and we must pass the ideas of continuous learning, respect and modesty to our students. The best way to do so is to carry those virtues ourselves and to constantly evolve them to their purer forms.The teacher-student bond should represent a sacred relationship that expands further than presentation-memorization skills. We have the responsibility to create special “moments” in our classes that will get imprinted in students minds and hearts and follow them further in their lives and shape them as citizens of the world.