Statement of Teaching Philosophy
“A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge but merely repeats his lesson to his students, can only load their minds, he cannot quicken them.” … Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel prize in literature in 1913)
This is my favorite quotation because it express what, I think, is the essence of teaching and learning. As a student, I have observed that the best teachers were those who cared the most about teaching. It is noteworthy to mention that, I loved the way of my organic chemistry teacher taught conformational chemistry by using models. Therefore, a teacher has to create a way to teach the fundamental concepts and facts of the subject. Nevertheless, the amount of time that a teacher puts into preparation directly translates to how the students learn. Besides lecturing, a teacher must be able to recognize how students learn at the group and personal level, and let their lesson plans metamorphose as they interact with students. In fact, the goal of a teacher is to communicate new information to students, not just memorizing details, but also to learn how to think. In my experience, effective learning of students not only consists of lecturing, but also real-life applications, demonstrations, discussion, worksheets, group exercises, and student presentations.
Goal of teaching
My goal as a teacher is not only effectively communicate the fundamental concepts and facts of chemistry, but also the excitement and rewards of making original discoveries in this most fundamental and ubiquitous experimental science. Moreover, I believe that by incorporating some historic discoveries and recent research results and implications would create interest among students. If a teacher makes the material covered in a course interesting, the students are more likely to learn and keep the information presented. Besides helping students learn course content, I think its teachers’ role to help students develop broader skills that are important in all field and future careers. These skills include verbal and written communication, critical thinking, and consideration of issues from multiple viewpoints. As an assistant professor, I would use several methods to convey clearly principles relevant to the chemistry class I would teach:
• Demonstration -supplemented lectures.
• In-class participation
• Development of Internet Resources
• Research papers.
One of most challenging task in teaching is the motivation of students. However, students can be motivated to work hard if they see that professor cares about their success and if they see that he/she sets high standards for him/herself as well as for the students. Poor lecturing, unavailability during office hours, unfulfilled promises of checking the answer to a...