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SGarza: QuestionFromEmily

According to Tate's book, an issue that may be beneficial for composition students to explore is questioning "why do you react positively to some pedagogies and negatively to others? In other words, what is there about your upbringing, your beliefs, your education, and so on that inclines you toward some ways of teaching and away from others?" I believe this is important for future composition instructors to be aware of and understand about themselves. After determining what types of pedagogies are more difficult for you, what are some strategies to improve on these pedagogies and is it necessary to be "good" at every one? Also, do composition instructors use each one?

Response from Caleb: Emily, I thought you made a great point, and ask a terrific question. I think that understanding who and what you are as a teacher is incredibly important to be an effective teacher. Though I don't feel that a teacher should, or even can be good at every instructional style, it is important to understand each style. There will be times that a particular student, or a group of students might respond better to a different style than what your use to using in the classroom. In these situations, understanding each method would come in very handy, as it would allow you to better cater your students educational needs; however, I think teachers that create their own blend of style which incorporates what works for them and what works for their students ultimately would work best, though there are always special circumstances to every situation.

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