Personal Teaching Philosophy
Weather observations during a blustery day on the south coast - learning about meteorology in a 'hands on' fashion!
My personal pedagogical philosophy can be expressed in a few, actionable main points...
Today's students need an engaging, enthusiastic learning environment
- The days of the old boring professor delivering a monotone lecture have come and gone!
- I promise to deliver high energy, interesting lecture sessions with a healthy dose of humour
- I'm well aware that I'm competing with your smartphone and the internet for your attention ;-)
Don't forget how capable, intelligent and perceptive university students are
- Somewhere along the way, 'old people' forget how smart they were at a student's age
- I promise to interact with my students in a way that acknowledges their potential & capabilities
- As a young guy, I remember what it's like to be a university student!
Students design, execute and report on an experiment to analyse historical rainfall from the soil profiles at Lake George
I want you to learn to think, not just repeat information
- How good you are at recalling facts doesn't interest me - in our world, you can Google it!
- I promise to make my students use their intellect to solve problems on course topics
- Because of this, you'll leave my course with something of value - a problem solving brain
The classroom is a safe place for learning, not my ego
- As long as you treat me with respect, you can expect the same from me
- I promise to remain humble and admit when I don't know something
- Admitting you don't understand is an act of courage! In my classroom it is rewarded!
This is just a start, a list that I expect will evolve over time as I learn from my students!