In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles discuss instructional management with Dr. Kevin Jones who has an Ed.D. from Spalding University and serves as the Dean of the School of Education and Social Work at Cedarville University. Check out the episode to hear about his philosophy of education and how he seeks to effectively meet students’ needs.
Dr. Jones emphasizes the importance of planning and preparation in teaching. As he prepares to teach, he focuses on key tasks such as identifying essential questions and learning objectives, and then he utilizes backward planning to ensure students achieve the intended goals. This kind of preparation enables him to be more effective at meeting the students’ needs.
Dr. Jones also emphasizes the need for teachers to recognize and embrace their own giftings and weaknesses, as well as the importance of showing compassion and praise to students. He encourages instructors to model and teach students about interconnectedness and the value of their unique gifts. Dr. Jones discusses how to handle hard conversations with students while maintaining an encouraging relationship. He emphasizes the importance of grace and provides the students with opportunities for growth and learning.
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