Personal Teaching Philosophy


I believe the role of a university lecturer is to turn young students into true ‘thinkers’ – ones able to solve difficult problems.
— Nick Engerer
Weather observations during a blustery day on the south coast - learning about meteorology in a 'hands on' fashion!

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

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!

 
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