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Teaching Philosophy

My personal teaching philosophy includes:

  • Treating all students with absolute equality, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Making it clear that I am always available upon request and living up to this by devoting time to my students.
  • Inspiring students' desire to learn, cultivating their curiosity and helping them to grow intellectually. During my lectures, students are encouraged to ask as many questions as they have. I want students to feel personally changed by their participation in a course I am teaching, and I hope my course opens the window to a new world to them.
  • Trying to understand the student's point of view before attempting to give them my own. This means that when I teach I can choose a conceptual path that leads from the students' current understanding to a broader one. Students in my classes usually know it and ask me for help.
  • Setting a good professional example in written solutions and in conversation, by always referring everything back to the standards of the Electronics, Control and Instrumentation Technology industry, where a single error could lead to tremendous expense or even loss of life.
  • When it comes to testing, I believe in assessing students' conceptual thinking rather than their recognition skills. Therefore, I limit the number of multiple choice questions as they tend to target recognition. As the main objective in my teaching philosophy is the facilitation of critical thinking, I focus on short answer questions. I introduce questions that deviate from the material that has been exposed to in my lecture. This way I can be reasonably sure that students develop a thorough understanding of the material rather than just cramming it.

At the end of each class I teach, I would like to have my students to remember me as an instructor who created an environment in the classroom which inspired learning; encouraged individual responsibility for education; cared about a student as a person and valued his/her contributions to class discussions.