How to Connect with Your Students
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This article explores why focusing on the subject matter alone in the student/teacher relationship is a restrictive and non-comprehensive approach to higher education. Such a narrowly focused relationship seems to impede the overall health and development of both the teacher and student. The process of avoiding so much of our lives “to teach” leaves many dissatisfied and thirsting for something deeper and more whole. To move beyond the limited pedagogical approach, I will outline a comprehensive approach to higher education by utilizing the AQAL model as developed by Ken Wilber. This article will focus on one aspect of the AQAL model, the quadrants, and will consider their potential benefits in helping teachers connect better with ourselves, students, and the world.