In answer to “Pedagogy is a three-ring circus”.
To some extent it is true for most (if not all[i]) lecturers at our institution that our main concern is the kind of student we interact with each day, and not necessarily the content of our subjects. In the above mentioned article Karin Brodie discusses what she deems as a recipe for a good education: a relationship between knowledge, teaching and learning. Although this article is written with the school learner in mind, it is also relevant to a university classroom.
Some questions you could ask yourself after reading this article: How does one build on the current knowledge of a student if you are teaching a diverse group of students with different levels of knowledge? How can we use indigenous knowledge to our advance in classes?
Some ideas you might like to remember:
“To assume that learners hear what we speak is fundamental error committed by all teachers.” (Note: have you ever looked into a sea of blank expressions after explaining something? It might be because a lack of background knowledge.)
“The teacher is the bridge between the child and the curriculum.” (Note: it is evident that the child or student and the content are most important – the lecturer is merely an instrument.)
Please read this article (follow the link) and use the ideas when preparing for your next class.
[i] If this does not include you, you might want to start rethinking your teaching strategies.