1. I have two memorable professors and those were my physics and computer teachers. The computer teacher taught me in the 8th grade, and I enjoyed the games and puzzles he used to teach me. For example, we learned about trade through a video game that involved living as a trader and buying goods in one planet, then selling it in another. He also, had a ton of puzzles that we could solve and would entertain us with card tricks.
My physics teacher was a more tough as nails in his curriculum and would heavily penalize anyone who didn't do the homework. If you didn't do homework, you would be well on your way to a fail. He was strict, but forced us to adapt. I enjoyed the experiment we did with electricity.
2. I can't handle lectures in general. Sometimes it's nice to learn, but if I don't have some way to play along with the information I'm receiving, I can lose attention fast.
3. I would like active hands on learning that engages with the real world more. Math is an odd exception, as there is still lecture/book formats to learn, but most of the time is spent practicing the problems. That ability to practice would lend well, to other practices as well. I'm not a fan of rote memorization, I have to be able to play with it in a larger context.
For example, if I am learning about geodes it would be more beneficial for me to understand how the theory of plate tectonics connects with geode formation than memorizing all the different geodes. Details are the devil to me. Makes me wary of our current zeitgeist where specialization is the path to a good career. Maybe understanding the wider context will make the details more bearable.
I have had few memorable professors and teachers. I have always found the 'teacher archetype' quite fascinating and beautiful, as much as the 'learner archetype'. The teachers that I liked the most were the rare passionate true mentors that had big hearts, as big as their brains. I valued teachers that were authentic, warm (the kind of person you feel that there's really someone there and that truly cares), personal but not too much (without being invasive, that is, aware of the bordelines of the roles) and tried to make sure their students were truly learning. I tend to like eccentricity and spontaneity (when it is not affected/forced), so 'craziness', in teachers and professors (in the best sense of 'crazy'... 'quirky') counted as a plus. xD I think the ideal teacher for me is compassionate, creative and highly intelligent and challenges students as much as possible, by instigating their curiosity in unconventional and fun ways. I tended to dislike teachers/professors who were too lenient about homework or disruptive students, it felt to me that they were not truly committed to their job - so being demanding and strict in a cool way is definitely a plus. I tend to dislike hands-on activities, though, they often turn me off. Many say that students learn by doing, though, but I tend to find those type of classes a bit fastidious. It feels to me that when I imagine something, that is actually already happening, so the different between 'imagining' and 'happening' is very little (close to none)- in this sense, having to use my hands to construct things in class seems a sort of waste of time and pointless (I know it isn't for many students but this is how it seems to me). I can tolerate lectures as long as the speaker isn't a bore and is able to keep me involved, but an engaging and interesting speaker/leacturer is not always easily found. Also, speakers who sound forceful to cause an impact in the audience (and to be liked) and to engage the audience desperaterly, like some shades of Fe-leads that overly modulate their behavior to meet the audience, can come accross as fake as hell to me and a big turn off that will get me restless and out of the room (either virtually or literally).
skuagrey: So...what shall we discuss first?
Jun 21, 2016 0:08:19 GMT
skuagrey: I was thinkin' we could maybe have some sort of general icebreaker thread of some sort.
Jun 21, 2016 0:09:12 GMT
skuagrey: But what about y'all?
Jun 21, 2016 0:09:26 GMT
Princess Ariel: Hi! o/ My computer is broken. I am accessing the forum from another place. Lately I can only access the forum from my cellphone (99%of the time). It is hard to make and do things this way. Hopefully a technician will heal my computer soon *fingers crossed*
Jun 22, 2016 15:26:48 GMT
Princess Ariel: Feel free to make threads ^^
Jun 22, 2016 15:26:58 GMT