Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Reflections on Teaching

If you cannot ignite a fire of passion as to set a forest ablaze, at least let your flickering flame light the way in the darkness.

In teaching I attempt to apply the methods and assume the attitudes of the teachers who made the biggest difference while I was a student -- if I can be said to have turned out well, then surely they must have done something right.

My first goal/task as a teacher is to develop an interest in the subject I am teaching. This is the steepest part of the learning curve. Once the interest is there, no challenge is insurmountable and even the most fiendish puzzles stir in the pupil a sense of thrill and delight.

(In the car on the way back from PhotoMedia, 21/2.)

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