I finished two days of seminars about teaching. I learned a lot.
One of the things which made it interesting was the mix of people who attended. Me, a second year graduate student… sitting next to a professor who has won awards for teaching excellence. And both of us were there to become better teachers.
Being a great teacher is not easy. It takes practice, and depth of knowledge, and creativity. But I think most of all it involves wanting to be a great teacher. When I was sitting in the teaching seminar… it became evident that the key to teaching is never stop learning how to teach because I can always get better (even after I am winning teaching awards).
Me, sitting next to a professor who has won awards for teaching excellence… and this professor was at a seminar to become a better teacher. Currently I am not a great teacher. Without being arrogant I do believe I am a good teacher… but my desire is to become a great teacher. The desire is the key.
Anyway, now I have a bucket of new ideas to try in the classroom. What do you think makes a great teacher?