Brian Oliu reflects on pedagogy and football

December 19, 2018

Drawing on college football as an analogy, Brian Oliu reflects upon the relationship between performance, adaptability, and traditionalism as distinct aspects of teaching. The author finds that although he has refined his delivery as a lecturer, he is not always confident that he has improved as a teacher. Oliu adds that his experiences with Generation Z students have prompted him to retool some of his teaching processes while maintaining his general approach. Citing the head coach of his college’s men’s football team, Oliu says that he does not think in terms of “wins” and ‘losses,” and focuses instead on “the smaller things,” such as instilling good habits, correcting errors, and providing instant feedback. Inside Higher Ed