Twenty-one years ago when I began teaching, I didn't think about ways of knowing at all. I taught as I had been taught and considered teaching content the point. Now I think of myself as teaching people instead of subjects and look for the answers to these questions: What is knowing? What is education? What is learning?
The first "truth" I learned about teaching was that a sense of community among the learners makes a dramatic difference in what is learned. I began to understand this when I taught in the intensive English Program for Internationals at the University of South Carolina. Students there were far from home, learning a new language and a new culture. They were most comfortable and most successful when they felt supported in this massive undertaking by their teachers and fellow learners.
We thrive and learn when our stories and the stories of others are heard and honored. Through the specific story, the universal truth is revealed.
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Sanders, Sara L., "The Story Way of Knowing in the Context of Community" (1997). HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecture Series. 2.