“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” ~Rachel Zoe
Teachers approach the task of teaching students in many different ways. Some of us emphasize our deep level of expertise and focus on challenging students to acquire detailed knowledge. Some of us try to model qualities of wisdom and virtue and may share stories as we strive to teach by personal example. Some of us project sheer energy and enthusiasm and hope that students will be inspired to adopt similar levels of dedication to our academic discipline. These different approaches convey not only who we are as teachers but also what it is that we hope students will carry with them from our courses.
Some educators, such as Anthony Grasha, refer to such attributes as “teaching styles.” In the late 1980s, Grasha attempted to identify five teaching styles as descriptive of the most common aspects of faculty presence in the classroom. All teachers, Grasha suggests, have attributes of multiple styles, which can be more or less dominant. Each style has certain advantages and disadvantages.
- Curious to how Grasha would classify your teaching style? His self-assessment is still available at the following URL: http://longleaf.net/teachingstyle.htm
- You can learn more about how Grasha described the different teaching styles at the following URL: http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/documents/A-Matter-of-STyle-Grashab.pdf
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