As our world changes, and notions of student engagement change, it is challenging to teach students in ways that run counter to much of what I experienced growing up.
Teaching is my chosen calling, a calling I strive to undertake with love and imagination. Teaching is exhilarating. As a teacher, I engage and challenge to perpetuate knowledge and inspire intellectual growth in my students. I believe that every student possesses unique capabilities that can be shared with others if given the appropriate support. I encourage students to engage with the topic at hand, with me, and with each other in the belief that good teaching depends upon intellectual exchange. I see no end to improvement, no arrival, no completion: I want to be that teacher who, even after decades in the classroom, still leaves each session asking how the next might be better, how to better engage and inspire each unique set of students.
The explosion of new information in the field of biology and ready availability through multimedia has made the importance of delivering content through lecture only less relevant. It is time to engage students through peer centered active learning approaches using appropriate tools one at a time. Confucius said “I hear , and I forget; I see, and I remember; I do , and I understand”.
I believe in the dynamic aspect of teaching. If planning and organization are the first essential elements of effective, successful sharing of information / knowledge, then commitment is a close second. In fact, the two are often related. To promote learning and engage the students in the learning process, I show enthusiasm for the subject and feel satisfied only if I am successful in disseminating the excitement and enthusiasm among the students.
I am the coach of a team while the students are players in the field. As the coach, I cannot play in the field, however, can help the players to win the game by providing them with fundamentals, strategies, techniques and encouraging practice of positive interactions. This is a team sport. A team can win only when all are cooperating, taking responsibilities and giving their best in their part.
Together, we can make it!
Posted by L K Sengupta on 5/30/07; 1:42:34 PM
from the Biology dept.