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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