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Learning is, of course, the main purpose of education. It is the goal of every student and the task of every teacher to increase knowledge, understanding, and skills in and out of the classroom. I feel that the concept of learning should be focused around following main areas: 1) Independent thought is essential to the development of each student. Being able to form unique independent ideas to solve problems will serve them both in and outside of the classroom. 2) Group interaction is also an important part of learning. Being able to share ideas, validate them with those of others, and teamwork are important processes in social and mental development. 3) The teacher should also be prepared to lead students in the direction they should go to reach correct conclusions and answers, without always providing the answers themselves. 4) Stressing the use of learned ideas and processes in new situations is essential. By using information, students should be able to apply what they have learned to new life or learning situations. Transfer of this sort is what really determines what has been learned.
I have three primary goals for students, which I include on my syllabus. First, I want them to learn how to think critically-not only about the topics I present in class, but also about information that they are exposed to in their everyday lives. Second, I want my students to understand the widespread application of the subject. Third, I want my students to truly enjoy learning.
Technology is very useful and should be utilized effectively. I feel that “seeing is believing” and so audio-visual aids like using multimedia, providing hand outs, showing video clips to emphasize important points, and using Blackboard are effective learning tools with proven impacts. In addition, I encourage the use of state-of-the art softwares to stay in tune with the needs of the profession.
In order to improve my teaching ability, I welcome feedback from others. I encourage students to express their comments about their progress, my teaching ability, and the way the course is structured by providing them the opportunity to formally evaluate these things after their first exam. It is always a positive experience to address their concerns and make changes as needed. I've seen my teaching improve as evidenced by better attendance, student evaluations, and self-evaluations.