Teaching

Steve Farber's the Radical Leap (2004) is a phenomenal book on leadership. Covert and Satterson have listed the book as one of the 100 best books on business. But, leadership and teaching are both fundamentally about educating, inspiring, and encouraging the people trusted to your care. So the principles of Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof form a great acronym to help me organize my thoughts on the education of young people.

|Love| "Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way." -Donald Miller

I seek to cultivate a love for economics because when I look out the window economics helps explain so much of what happens outside. In teaching students with real world examples, economics puzzles, and games I try to impart this enthusiasm about the study of economics and how it will help them understand the world around them.

Students have responded well to this passion. I consider it an honor that, at least one student, in every class I ever taught, has told me they are becoming an economics major.


|Energy| "No matter what anybody tells you words and ideas can change the world." -Dead Poets Society

Creating great energy and enthusiasm is a natural by-product of love. I love economics and show students how a better understanding of economics meshes with their passions. No matter their path, an understanding of economics will be helpful.


|Audacity| "No risk it, no biscuit" -Bruce Arians

Teach students to be bold. Explore economics in the wild. Walk around asking questions, "Why is that?" or "Why this way and not the other way?" and then unflinchingly apply economic reasoning. My favorite research projects have flowed from asking these questions. You may find out your priors are wrong but inspiring this audacity in students will serve them well beyond the academy.

Within the class I also try to keep the energy high and encourage audacity by making sure students are confident their fellow classmates engage in civil discourse and a common search for truth.

|Proof| "You haven't taught until they have learned." -John Wooden

Learning is all about feedback. Just like students need feedback, we as educators need feedback. If they haven't learned (and they have a willingness to learn) we have some proof that we have done what we need to do. If we will take this feedback into account shows students that we are serious about their education and inspires them.

My teaching philosophy and course evaluations (here).


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