Arrière garde: Learn from astern

Session Description
Nelson Mandela (1995) has been credited with having conceived of the notion “leading from the rear” to characterize his theory that “great leaders” resemble shepherds who guide their flocks from behind, acting as an arrière-garde rather than as a vulnerable avant-garde that pierces forward open to attack. Indeed, as Dunigan (2018) notes, “the dynamics and principles of great leadership are universal”; teachers who lead effectively will all follow the same four principal “arrière-garde” tactics, even if they do not realize it: Foresight, visioning, partnering, and motivating will promote purposeful, cooperative environments that stimulate learning.
Katherine Watson
Katherine Watson, Orange Coast College, CA
Dr. Katherine Watson has been teaching French, English, ESL, linguistics, anthropology, and journalism for more than five decades, at first among farm laborers in picking fields, then in traditional classrooms, and ultimately online. She co-conceived, developed, and taught the first online adjunct to a telecourse offered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Annenberg Learner’s French in Action. Then, she launched the first completely-online course in California’s Coast Community College District. Her publications have concentrated on language and thought, as they are transmitted and learned through time, space, and mode of delivery, as well as the transdisciplinary nature of learning. Dr. Watson is also a professional translator and interpreter and a swimmer in any sea.
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