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While searching for examples of teaching styles to present to the class, I found what I very much expected: more approaches to teaching and teaching philosophies than there are sunflowers in the summer. That being said, the reason why we chose the Power Teaching example is because it was an approach that seems to attempt at integrating not only critiques of the traditional, less than desirable classroom but also suggestions for new-age interactive and "fun" learning environments. It's hard to say whether the Power Teaching passed or failed at this attempt because in practice the learning environment quickly becomes one of prompted demeanor and routinization. While in principle power  teaching explores the obvious understanding of the brain, stimuli and engagement, it completely ignores one very important aspect of brain-based learning, the role of emotions and emotive learning. I can foresee issues with power teaching just off of the fact that it forces emotive engagement. Students do not need to always be in an amazing mood to partake in the method however this method does require positive response.


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