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Teaching philosophy: Simplify, memorize, apply.

I come from a background of training in organizations in which one is called upon to recall information and complete tasks during stressful conditions. The EMT uses acronyms and abbreviations such as AVPU and APAIL in order to run through a memorized checklist and efficiently classify the patient’s condition. The infantry soldier likewise uses training standards such as SPORTS to clear a weapons stoppage under fire.

In English, I try to simplify the processes and definitions into memorizable units, which I ask the students to master by rote.  Then we apply.

Repetitio est mater studiorum: Repetition is the mother of learning.

(In the classroom, I demonstrate the techniques and standards as they are taught, adding the elements of the physical, the choreography of it: this is one reason why the teacher and the classroom are crucial, and simply reading my blog is an incomplete experience.)

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