Communication is the heart of educational method
In the Axe Handle Academy good teaching emphasizes
modeling good communication for students. Good communication
emphasizes the commuunication skills needed for learning which are
listening, observing, and reflection.
Byy placing the focus of the Axe Handle Academy on
the learning of the teacher we have merged the teacher and the
students into a collaborative learning team. Now for this
collaboration to work effectively the teacher must be able to model
for students the communication skills and knowledge required by our
Communication Studies component. The teacher/student learning
team is now engaged in a joint task of observation, experimentation,
analysis, and reflection. The essence of the scientific method,
like all good learning consists of listening much and speaking little,
of observing much but manipulating little, of remaining open to new
information and avoiding premature conclusions.