Pedagogy Principles

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With regard to pedagogy is; the focus is on the principles and methods of instruction, the activities of educating and instructing so as to impart knowledge and skill. In my view, the principles and methods of instruction should be relevant to the learner. These should endow value on the child as one who is `` fearfully and wonderfully made``, Psalm 139 verse 14. Thus, I subscribe to principles and methods that affirm the child, whilst taking full consideration that learners are not fallible as ``All man have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,`` Romans 3 verse 23. The body of knowledge acquired should acknowledge God as creator and man as his creation as it answers the questions of Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration.…show more content…
One has to build on prior knowledge for learning to be meaningful and effective. My position on the activities of educating and instructing is that these need to be applicable and well thought out so that the learners can relate and engage fully. The teaching and learning has to meet and accommodate the specific needs of the different learners because when it is related and holistic, the learners can find meaning in the activities that they do. The teacher, therefore, needs to consolidate the teaching and learning process. The process of teaching and learning has the same value as the product, therefore how the children learn has the same significance as what they learn. The lessons the child learns in the process of teaching and learning have greater significance than the final product or result they have to present. The knowledge and skill gained by the learners should equip the learners to apply themselves in a variety of contexts. The systematic instruction received by a learner is important as it should progress from ``simple recall `` according to Bloom`s taxonomy to ``high order thinking skills``. The learner should be viewed in totality thus considering not just the cognitive but the social, emotional, affective,spiritual and moral…show more content…
There are six facets of understanding as described by (Wiggins and McTighe, 2007). Assessment tasks can be designed to elicit responses which indicate these facets of understanding. It is important that it accommodates for the diversity of the learners as stated by (Graham, D.2009), ``it is important that biblical thinking is occurring within a cultural context``. An evaluation is made progressively and not on one particular instance. A test or an examination is sometimes regarded as an assessment because it is standardised and convenient, but it does not accommodate the special needs. The appraisal should assess the total child and not just one aspect of the child. It should be developmentally appropriate to be credible and valid. Often times learners are assessed on their cognitive skill and what they are able to do in written form, whereas their oral eloquence and their practical demonstration of skills is not assessed at the same level. The methods of assessment need to impartial. Sometimes, teachers focus on drilling concepts and the children learn by rote, unfortunately learning is then distilled to nothing more than recall of facts. Assessment should be holistic causing a change and transforming one`s outlook. Some learners associate assessment with failure as one can either pass or fail as it does not spur one to improve in a particular area as it

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