What is my teaching philosophy?
- A good presenter may not be a good teacher. A presenter shows what he knows. A teacher transfers what he knows.
- A hallmark of a great teacher is a heart that goes to the other end of the communication and cares deeply about what his students learn and whether they learn it.
How do I put my philosophy to practice?
- I engage students -- making them an integral part of the class dynamic.
- I sometimes hand them my baton and let them teach. The feeling that their expertise and experiences are valued boosts their esteem and make them invested in a class.
- I ride on their passion to encourage deep and thorough investigation of a topic, for example, through debates and competition.
- For those who like politics but dislike political science, I show them that science is what distinguishes a sophisticated observer from a casual observer.
- How do I deliver knowledge effectively and efficiently?
- I shake off researchers' bad habits, such as citing endless author names and years, and using jargon.
- I appeal to students' personal experiences to make difficult things easy to understand. I work hard on illustrations.
- I use technology selectively, aiming for the most effective delivery. For example, PowerPoint can be powerless and pointless when it provides little visual aid but much distraction.