Thursday, March 18, 2010

My principles of teaching...

A slowly growing list of insights or concepts.

(1) Any thing that is slightly related to what you already know is very easy to understand and explain.

(2) Any thing that is confusing and possibly misunderstood should be repeated many times.

(3) If the same concept is explained in more than one way, it can lead to better insights and understanding.

(4) Attention span is continuously varying and requires constant readjustment and re-fixation

(5) High-level of interest leads to increased participation.

(6) A discussion or Q & A based interaction has much more capability of passing the knowledge than a one-way communication

(7) Explaining the concept from the fundamentals all the way to the details will help in reestablishing the relevance of a specific topic. Without that the first question we tend to think is: What is the point ?

(8) Practice and challenging problems helps in nailing the concept details in mind

(9) If advanced concepts can be tied with day-to-day incidents or events, then the concept can be made lighter

(10) A small project explains the concept 1000 times better than reading that information. Once the basic level is established more advanced stuff can be read or discussed. A good balance of theory and practice will go far beyond what they can achieve individually