How Do You Pronounce Pedagogy So You Sound Like A Professional Teacher?
And other embarrassing questions computer science teachers are too afraid to ask
When I was a new trainee computer science teacher I first saw the word pedagogy written down and I had absolutely no idea what it meant or how to pronounce it.
In lectures the word pedagogy was thrown around by my tutors but they said it so quickly I couldn’t process how to say it myself.
It seemed everybody else on the course already knew about this special word so I didn’t feel I could put my hand up and say “I’m sorry, what was that word you just used? Can you say it a bit slower and also… explain what it means please?”
Eventually I learnt what it means. Pedagogy: the techniques used in teaching.
But I still didn’t know how to pronounce it. I always avoided saying it in teacher company for fear of sounding stupid.
Surly I couldn’t be the only one who felt like this. Surely there were other teachers left floundering and feeling daft for not knowing how to say this magic teacher word.
Well thankfully I’ve since learnt what it means and how to say it.
So lets start…
How do you pronounce pedagogy?
Let’s break it down into 3 blocks.
Peda - pronounced in exactly the same way as the start of the word “pedal”, it’s just missing the “l” at the end
go - this is like the beginning bit of “gone” but not like “go”.
gy - gee-whizz this is getting complicated
Hmmm, looking at that, it isn’t easy at all.
If you are still confused (and reading that last section back I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest) here is a recording which should clarify things for you.
Have a few goes saying it out loud yourself somewhere private and before you know it, you’ll be shoe-horning your new word into conversations, even when there are no teachers present.
So hopefully you have now passed that hurdle. What are the other things trainee teachers, and in particular those who are learning how to teach computing, struggling with but are too afraid to ask.
What if they don’t like me?
This is a biggy and many trainee teachers worry about this.
Obviously, it is lovely if your students do like you but it’s not the be-all and end-all.
As long as you treat them with respect (even if they don’t return the same courtesy to you) then you're doing fine.
You will teach thousands of students so the chances are that some will just not like you. It could be because of where you put them in the seating plan when you first met them (well someone needs to be at the front) or something as obscure as they don’t like people who wear blue socks in