Teaching Philosophy

I believe you can ALWAYS teach an old dog new tricks! I believe that teaching is part science, part art, part psychology, and part entertainment. To teach understanding of an idea a student needs a story. This story must have repeated themes ( for long-term memory), complexity (for interest) , relevance (for motivation), and some comic relief along the way (for a low-stress environment). In technical and scientific disciplines, this can be a difficult task. Such a class requires precise delivery and timing of information for the student.  Beginning concepts must be engrained so that more complex ideas can be ‘sustained in the mind’, or else students just get locked into pattern matching with no critical thinking.  Great teaching takes an immense amount of time, and I hope that people who administer and work with faculty understand this. When done well it looks like it took no effort at all … PLEASE know that this is NOT this case!   🙂