mimesis

Do As I Do: Some Thoughts on Mimesis in the Classroom

“Watch me. Now you try.” These five words are constantly repeated by parents to their children. But they are for people of every age. We are mimetic creatures who learn by imitation. Every good baseball coach teaches a batting stance by modeling one for the athlete. Preachers provide examples and illustrations so their congregants can …

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What is Mimetic Teaching?: A Lost Tools of Writing Excerpt

The following is an edited excerpted from the fifth edition of The Lost Tools of Writing. MIMETIC INSTRUCTION applies the Christian classical idea that humans learn and become virtuous by imitation. However, in classical theory imitation is a far cry from mere aping. Mimesis is an imitation, not of the outward form, but of the …

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