My main goal is to train students to enable them to succeed in the field of electrical engineering. My philosophy of teaching is something which has evolved over time. Many components have been consistently being a part of this pragmatic philosophy. I believe that to be a good teacher, one should:
1. Have a thorough knowledge of the subject area.
You cannot teach something well unless you know it well. The attachment with industrial training for one year give me a lot of knowledge and experience as an electrical engineer and allows me to see and make connections between real experiences and show these connections to my students.
2. Make the course interesting for others so that they are more likely to learn it.
You must be able to communicate your love of your area, and you must strive to engage with your students well. Genuine enthusiasm for your course can be infectious. To keep my students interested, I use various teaching strategies such as utilize all teaching aids like power point, whiteboard, and simulation tools so the class remains fresh and involved.
3. Be well prepared.
A conscientious teacher should be well-prepared. Course syllabi and lectures should be created with clear objectives in mind. At the same time, a good teacher needs to be flexible enough to change the pace of a course and be willing to entertain, in detail, ideas or questions which arise spontaneously in the classroom. I also not hesitate to ask my senior lecturers in case I have any problem in certain topics of the course.
4. Make the classroom a friendly and nonthreatening learning environment.
I believe that a friendly and nonthreatening classroom maximizes the possibility for real learning to take place. I make it clear from the first day that asking questions is a welcome and imperative part of the learning process. I encourage them to visit my office as often as necessary and willing to share my mobile phone number in case they want to contact me when necessary.
5. Understand that learning is an active experience.
Students need to be active and be participated in the adventure of learning. I always ask my students what they have learnt in the previous class, and let them voice out the key points. By remembering the students’ name is also one of my approaches to make sure that my students feel involved in the class. Using an e-learning also helps them to interact actively with me.