Sunday, November 28, 2010

Aspiring to be like Walter Lewin

Albert Einstein said "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge". Indeed, boredom can be a student's greatest enemy! I believe in making learning fun and exciting but effective. It’s not always easy especially if you are teaching a “dry” subject such as physics or mathematic. It requires careful thought and planning. You may have seen Professor Walter Lewin of MIT giving his physics lecture – he is simply…incredible! You have to watch the video (below) on how he conducted his lecture and listen to the interview on his passion and enthusiasm in teaching. He is proud to be a teacher -- a professional teacher. "Teaching is my life", he said. I think all teachers should aspire and strive to be a dedicated teacher like him. I believe the hallmark of a good teacher is the ability to inspire the student to learn. A quote from William Arthur Ward: "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrate. The great teacher inspires". And as Professor T.S. Andy Hor, National University of Singapore put it: “There are only four types of professors: they make student sleeps, sad, angry or hungry for more”. So what kind of professor or teacher are we?

And here's the interview:

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