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The term pedagogy refers more to the cyclical and practical application of the science and art of teaching. It overlaps with educational philosophy and educational psychology. It is the best comprehensive term to describe what our core business is.

Pedagogy comes from the Greek term παιδαγωγία,  which basically means “to lead a child” and is broadly inclusive of the applied structures of teaching - such things as planning, guided learning, direct instruction, student practice, evaluation, standards, rigor, and age-appropriateness.  Foundations of teaching.

Since a teaching degree is much the same at most universities, at some point teachers have taken classes that address both the practices and theories that should lead to success in their classrooms by seeing students achieve a year’s worth of intellectual and social growth in a year. Pedagogy includes both the practice and the theory of instruction, but they are often treated as separate functions of teaching. This is incorre…
A Meandering Blog Meander, Neander, Bystander, V-ander
Meandering is a pretty well-known term - derived from the very curvy Meander River in Turkey, which was itself named after Meander (Maiandros), the Greek River God - “Meander’s River.” The term now describes the path of anything which follows a winding and indirect course, or even the course itself.
Unfortunately, meandering sometimes is presented as movement that is aimless, or without a clear direction. In reality, the paths of rivers follow very specific physical rules - the degreeof gradient and the volume of water determine the character of the riverbed. Rivers that meander follow the same physical rules as rivers that are very straight. Just different ground, nothing more. Rivers that move all over the place are no less rivers than those that have straighter river channels. They are, perhaps, curious.  They are perhaps patient. Or stubborn.  As are our students, often.
Some people have destinations that they can arrive at on a…
The Educational Journey via Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell was an American scholar who studied and  myth and wrote the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  His thesis is that the heroic quest is a fundamental story - perhaps even a universal human experience.  George Lucas openly admits  that he wrote Star Wars pretty much straight from Campbell’s work.

Campbell believed that the story of the Hero’s Journey, or Quest, is particularly powerful and that it is common to all cultures and might even be incorporated into our human psychology.

What I have always thought, although it is not  explicit in his work  but is obvious to many educators (1.2 million results show up if you Google “Joseph Campbell and Myth applied to school” -  I am in no way the first  person to explore this!)  is that the Quest also fits the pattern for the emergent adult who goes through our world, from preschool to graduation, and thus also is a universal story for education, and the rites of passage that we still …