My Teaching Statement, a bit old but still very actual for me:
If I hear it, I will forget it.
If I see it, I will remember it.
If I do it, I will understand it.
Teaching, not only represents the transfer of knowledge and information from a more experienced person to one who is searching for a more effective and enlightened way to think and act. A good teacher should show a student what is behind thoughts and things, getting him involved and fascinated. Ward says that “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
While Galileo believes that “you cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself“.
In other words, I believe that the strongest way to facilitate the learning process of a student is to encourage him to think critically, equipping him with the ability to examine all the information relevant to an issue or problem and then to form an accurate conclusion.
Obviously the teaching style can not be the same for each student since different learners require different approaches based on their own learning process. Nevertheless, I believe in “teaching by personal example”, trying to establish a prototype for how to think and behave. I prefer to oversee, guide and direct my students by showing how to do things encouraging them to observe and emulate the approach to the problem.
In conclusion, I believe teaching success occurs when a relationship with students of mutual respect is created. This has to be both personal and professional, even if much of the satisfaction gained from teaching comes from personal connections.
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