Student Pedagogical Insights

From David:

I have to agree with William Arthur Ward’s explanation of a teacher:
“The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.”
Throughout my schooling I have come to find that my favorite teachers not only help me understand the content of the class, but they end up inspiring me. I am usually either inspired to try harder in the class, inspired to change, or inspired to make a difference.

From Lizzy:

I think that I could be happy teaching anything. Photography, graphic design, electronics, english, calculus and maybe even woodshop. Because in the grand scheme of things it isn’t about what a person teaches. It’s about what a student learns. I’m not talking learning as in “how to use photoshop” or “the quadratic formula.” In the whole teaching-learning process students and teachers learn about themselves–cliché as it sounds…I am passionate about inspiring confidence in other people. Maybe because lots of times in my life I’m inspired to be better by little votes of confidence others show in me…So in this short reflection I’ll end by saying a part of my teaching philosophy is to inspire confidence in my students. Confidence not only to succeed in my class but to find success in being happy and feeling good about themselves.

From Kenize:

When I started planning my lesson plan for my STL, I tried to keep these thoughts in mind. I took all the feedback that was given to everyone else and tried to make the most of it. I also tried to follow the lesson plan that Geoff gave out, which ended up being very helpful. Instead of just planning to spew information that even I wasn’t all that interested in like I had been doing, I really did my research this time to try and find fun activities that illustrated the points I was trying to get across. I got so excited when I found the online virtual wind power lab because it perfectly illustrated what I wanted to teach. But I still wanted to do something hands-on, so I decided to do the windmill activity. I felt like this was one of my better lessons because 1.) I actually put some decent thought into the structure and the purpose for the lesson 2.) I tried to find variety in activities to keep the students awake and attentive 3.) I felt organized and ready when my lesson plan began, therefore I felt more confident and comfortable in front of the class.

From Laurel:

Details have to be seen 3 or 4 times for students to really retain them. It also helps if they’re presented with a combination of verbal, visual AND dramatization…
I think there is so much value in taking concepts slowly enough, and giving your students time so that they can go BACK in their notes and correct misconceptions or fill in things they didn’t understand. This also helps for students in setting personal goals because they can decide “I want to learn more about this…” and go back and fill it in once they learn it.