All along episodes of Assassination Classroom, various aspects of teaching are examined and exemplified. First of all, the whole teaching method in this manga/anime is called project pedagogy.
A short summary with little or no spoiler helps get the context of the episode.
This method consist of having a project for the whole class and using it to ideally teach all the usual matters. In this case, even physical education is included in the project. The project is of course, to kill Korosensei.
Specific Teaching Elements
All along the episodes, teaching principles and concepts are present over and beyond the plot's need. Here is a list. It is neither indisputable nor exhaustive.
The whole class try to overwhelm Korosensei's ability to avoid firearms shots. Nagisa tries to kill him in another way.
- The teacher must encourage the students to work together on
the project beyond the content of the course.
- Individual and group initiatives are encouraged.
- A teacher must protect his students.
- Transgression of safety rules must be indicated and rehearsed if need be.
- All efforts are evaluated.
- When reprimanding students, finish with praises at what was done right.
- Remind the students of their goal(s).
Sugino tries to kill Korosensei with a baseball. He tell of his trouble to stay in the school team and his incapacity to throw fast balls.
- Individual efforts are to be appraised and encouraged.
- Failure should always be evaluated to see what can be learned from them.
- If a student fails at something because of his incapacity, his real capacities should be appraised to find a way to achieve success.
In Episode 3, Karma is the unruly student, harassing the teacher and going as far as stealing from Korosensei. The teacher, instead of dominating the student, studies him and takes interest in him.
- An unruly student should be evaluated to find the way to help him achieve the objectives of the courses.
- Make harassment useless to deter students from using it.
- Praise unruly students when they do things right, participate, etc.
Irina Jelavic comes in and tries to kill Korosensei. The group rejects her initial attitude.
- Always respect your students.
- I repeat, always respect your students.
- Group stance are very difficult to oppose even for a teacher.
- Experience beyond and above the basic needs of teaching are invaluable.
- If (as a teacher) you really messed up, admit it and ask forgiveness.
Okuda prepares poisons and candidly asks Korosensei to drink them.
In the second part, the class has to be present at a general school meeting and are discriminated against in group and individually.
- If a student fails due to imbalance in his skills development, show him how to achieve such balance.
- Be ready to help students individually to achieve personal goals.
- Avoid lying but do it if necessary. If you admit it later, explain what is the lesson behind your actions.
- Never, ever discriminate student as group or individual.
- It is the teacher's responsibility to protect the students from discrimination and harassment.
The class prepare for school tests. Korosensei teaches them to have more than one plan to better their chances of winning.
- Each student must be evaluated individually and helped in all the matters where he needs it to achieve the objectives.
- If you treat students as champions and winners, they have more chance to become champions and winners.
- If (as a teacher) you really messed up, admit it and ask forgiveness. (as in episode 4)
The class goes to Kyoto and the students plan the visit so as to have Korosensei killed by a sniper. Part of the group is attacked and some students are kidnapped.
- Have students do work that prepare them to learn.
- Give the students responsibilities to a reasonable level.
- Prepare your students to face the unexpected.
- Protect your students.
- Encourage qualities like tenacity when you have an occasion.
Second episode of the Kyoto visit. Points of interest and evening between students and teachers.
- Have your students find the interest in what's to come instead of finding it for them.
- Make students effort appear worthy and don't disparage them.
- If it comes to that, everybody is a little your student even if only for a day.
- Try to give all the students equivalent opportunities to reach their goals.
Ritsu joins the group. She understands the need to integrate herself in the group.
- Peer pressure is sometimes better than the teacher's intervention.
- Peer pressure is powerful. Moderate it.
- Student's choices may be placed before parent's choices.
- Student's well being primes over parent's choices.
- A student's turbulent nature shouldn't be taken against him/her.
- A teacher should take any opportunities to help his students develop.
- A teacher should encourage the students to tell their needs and expectations toward each others.
- Help new students integrate into the group.
- If students have problem with the group, help them.
- If students use your own words against you and are right in doing so, praise them.
- Teachers should help each others.
- Show your students you have a lot to teach them beyond the usual matter.
- Earn your student's respect.
- Teach by example showing your qualities like tenacity.
- Evaluate your students weaknesses and help them work on them.
- Evaluate your own weaknesses and work on them.
- Take unexpected opportunities to teach beyond your students basic needs.
Shiro comes with Itona for a duel with Korosensei.
- Protect your students.
- Try to integrate new students.
Sugino meets his former teammates. The class E team faces the school's team in an exhibition baseball game.
- Know your students' skills and abilities.
- Teach them a way to reach their goal if possible.
- Participation is great but try to have your students win if they can.
- Have your students study the obstacles to reaching their goal.
- Help them find ways to pass these obstacles.
- Motivate your students so they give every efforts they can.
New teacher Takaoka comes to replace Karasuma. He acts brutishly to dominate the students using fear.
- Violence is NOT a teaching method.
- Fear won't earn you respect nor approval.
- Teachers should try to find their students' hidden talents.
- A teacher should know their student's individual talents and abilities.
- Teachers should know their group's level of abilities.
- Again, a teacher should protect his students.
- Whether you choose to be distant or near your student, be sincere with them and yourself.
- Group disapproval is to be avoided. Individual student will be able to face teachers more easily with peer approval.
- If the students can face a problem by themselves, it's better to let them do so.
- Show confidence in your students.
- Never set goals above the students' capabilities.
- If group goals are too high for some students, try to find a way to adjust them individually.
- Show your student as much confidence in yourself as possible.
- Do not argue teaching methods before your students.
- Don't fight between teachers, collaborate.
- Give student challenges where they can achieve success.
- Never use students to prove yourself right.
- Don't show disrespect at your students.
- Don't underestimate your students.
- Fix clear goals for your students.
- If you lose face before your students, take it humbly and honourably.
- Never seek vengeance on your students.
Korosensei has made a pool for the class. Shiro has Itona try to kill Korosensei again.
- Take interest in your student's interests.
- Encourage the group to support those trying to participate in class projects.
- Again, protect your students.
- Don't overwhelm the pleasure with enforcing too many rules.
Korosensei helps his students to prepare for the semester exams. He finds ways to motivate them. The class A students make an open bet against Class E for which one will have more first positions in all the matters.
- Help each student attain courses' objectives.
- Give individual help in each matter if possible.
- Find ways to motivate your students.
- Favour self-esteem.
- Show confidence in your students.
- Show how proud you are of their efforts.
The students take the semester exams and receive their results.
- Teach them more than basic matters. Teach principles of how to learn.
- Use trials to teach them the right attitude to face hardship.
- Motivate the students to develop their knowledge beyond the course objectives.
- No matter can be efficiently learned by memorization alone. Teach them understanding too.
- Give opportunities to your student to learn what they want beyond course objectives.
- Praise your students success.
- When students win against you, don't try to weasel out of it. Have the respect to give them their victories.
- When students show laziness, try to motivate them.