One of my objectives is to help students understand how their courses and the theory and methods included in the courses relate to practical engineering problems. My many years of experience in industry helps me accomplish this objective. Accomplishing this objective also requires that I stay abreast of new developments and help the students understand the relevance and significance of these new developments.
My fundamental goal in teaching approach is to motivate the students and maintain a non-intimidating environment in the classroom. I believe that enthusiasm is contagious. I encourage students to interact with other students in the classroom and when doing homework. I spend two or three minutes during each class talking about current events, telling jokes, or discussing my life experiences to “break the ice.”
I aspire to help students learn by frequently posing questions. I sometimes ask if they have done or seen the things being discussed in their prior experiences.
I think a good instructor is a facilitator and a “guide by their side” rather than a “sage on the stage” who delivers information. I recognize that students learn in different ways and I try to use multiple presentation techniques to “script” and I put my agenda on the board or as the first slide in a power point presentation.
I try to be available to students not only during posted office hours, but at other times if students have conflicts with my office hours.
I aspire to have the students see me as a fair and reasonable person who takes a sincere interest in their development and training.
I find it very satisfying job to see the student develop skills, confidence, and a desire to contribute to society. One of the most rewarding things about teaching is when students contact you after several years and tell you that you helped them to achieve a high position in industry, or other personal or professional accomplishments.