We view teaching as the highest form of understanding. In order to teach a concept, you need to have several ways of explaining it. Teaching is effective when it is associated with effective learning. When we teach, we have a structured process to deliver teaching. The process starts by introducing a concept, and then continues by providing many examples from the real world, making connections between concepts and problems, and building on the previously introduced concepts as we move along in the curriculum. We focus on fostering good habits of thinking. Our teaching philosophy is built around the Chinese proverb “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Student involvement and interactive teaching are very important in my teaching process.
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand – Chinese Proverb
Our training sessions are interactive and mainly discussion focused by creating small group discussions that foster peer learning and teaching. Interactive learning coupled with real world connections has a large impact on learning and creates a sustainable knowledge base. We view our role as trainers/teachers in several dimensions, like planners, moderators, fellow students, and evaluators.
We have come to realize that the acquired skills in our courses encompass those of the technical knowledge. Through the group discussions, they acquire openness to other people’s opinions, develop constructive criticism, team building, as well as public speaking skills. Also, involving ourselves in all the discussions and at times taking the role of the students creates optimism and gives them a feeling of ownership for both the teaching and the learning aspects. Lastly, the students learn to appreciate others and their opinions and come to realize that every opinion counts. Our full satisfaction of teaching is to see that learning has taken place.