Between the Lines of Our Pedagogy

Our teaching persona is expressed in how we go about shaping the learning environment. A purposeful integration of our teaching persona helps link students with content in subtle ways. This matters because we’re after an expression of teaching persona that plays a constructive role in creating a learning environment where learners thrive and teachers flourish.
How teaching persona influences the learning environment becomes clear when we consider the goals we have for learners and learning. Among the many goals we have for students are some that transcend disciplines. We aim for students to
value the study of the discipline,
engage with the content,
persist when the work gets difficult,
grow from guidance and critique, and
connect theory to application and practice.
This list looks linear on the page, but these goals are inextricably linked and related. If we aim for these attributes in our students, our willingness to exhibit the same qualities draws our teaching persona and authentic presence into the mix.
To illustrate, here are examples of where there can be reciprocity between our aims for students and who we are as teachers.
As we aim to have students value the study of the discipline we can make our experiences in the field visible.
Explain the currency the discipline has in your life. For example, a geology professor talks about her buying land with a beautiful view, studying fault lines on the property before building a house, and realizing that in order to take advantage of the …