Pedagogy In Walt Whitman

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Pedagogy is a teaching style that is used to help students learn. Teachers often have a unique pedagogy that they prefer to follow. Some teachers prefer to lecture, others model, some simply assign the work, and to each their own. “...there is some evidence of teachers abandoning formal pedagogies in favor of informal ones…” (Cain). Walt Whitman was no different; he prefered a hands on approach when it came to teaching and through his approach, he learned as much from the student as they did from him. Walt Whitman had several ideas and themes that came from his pedagogy as recorded in Song of Myself 6, 46, and 47. In Song of myself 6, Walt Whitman begins to question exactly how much an instructor can teach. Walt Whitman was known for his hands on approach when it came to learning. During his short time as a teacher, he was fired for taking his students out to see the frogs, when they had a good textbook that he could have used. For instance, “Instead of stick to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention,” (Parker-Pope). Whitman was using modern methods before they were even proven to be helpful. In his text, Whitman is forced to question how much he truly knows, “A child said What is the grass? Fetching it to me with full hands, How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he,” (Pg. 428, line 1). Basically, Whitman knew he could say the grass is a leaf, but essentially he couldn’t answer the simple
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