My pedagogical philosophy is the problem-posing method. This method of teaching is simply asking “why?” and having a discourse. As the son of a special needs educator with over 46 years of experience in a low-income urban school district, my mother taught me the importance of understanding, patience, and communal learning. Engaging students as autonomous participants in the learning process forges connections and relationships. These relationships open a dialogue and communication, which are crucial for creating critical and analytical thinking in students. This practice of conversation is suited to the social sciences, where creativity and the sociological imagination can be utilized to bridge theory and empirical data into the lives and lived experiences of students studying this material.
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”