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01/22/10
Academic Position. Teaching Philosophy 3.
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Post-docs
Posted by: site admin @ 10:20 am

As we know several ACS publications on teaching
chemistry offer a page or two about writing teaching
philosophies.  While I have written evolving teaching
philosophies, I continue to learn more on this deep
and intriguing subject.

Recently Robert Leamnson’s book Thinking about
teaching and learning
was given to me.  It is a clearly
stated scientist’s view on the challenging task of
changing students’ brain patterns.  It requires less
the teacher’s total mastery of subject matter
and more

   -understanding the students
   -using relate-able language (to the subject matter),
   -repeating and reforming concepts, techniques
and key subject matter in the students’ minds and
in chemical sciences, experimental laboratories,
   [called coached recitation, developing checklists
containing safe and hygienic practices, and paraphrasing]
   -maintaining the individual student’s attention and
focus.

With this as a backdrop, he points out teaching
philosophies based solely on experience are
reactive, expressing our responses to our teachers.
There is much to be learned from experience and
deep thought of the ‘big picture,’ of the goals of
the participants, and methods that have proven to
be successful for masters in the field.  If you aspire
to a teaching career,
consider perusing Robert
Leamnson’s book.

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