You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.
At this point you are probably thinking how counter-intuitive it is to start a teaching page saying people cannot be taught. As most things in life, this is a matter of perspective, how you define things. The focus I have either in the classroom is on the Learning and not necessarily on the Teaching side of things. At the end of the day, that’s what matters; the transformation that results from this interaction. My role is to train students to interpret clues and make the best use of puzzle pieces that are given to them. In each exercise, focus on the process and the principles instead of focusing on the solution; on the identification of assumptions and how they relate to final results.
I believe a good place to start is to look at some student’s feedback regarding the learning experience they had taking my classes. I have selected a few that can illustrate it.
- Hello Jessica, I’ve decided to forgo law school next semester to enter the work force and save money for a year instead. I enjoyed IO immensely and wanted to you to know that the course inspired me to pursue a legal career with the DOJ’s anti-trust department. […] I hope that your doctoral studies are going well. If it pleases you to know, my biggest regret in undergrad was not winning coffee during your game theory lecture.
- Thank you so much for the way you care about your students and the effort you put into all you do!
- I’ve recommended it to many of my friends.
- [I would recommend this class to a fellow student] if they have a good understanding of calculus and are interested in learning about real world scenarios […] well taught and engaging.
- I cannot express enough my appreciation, Jessica!!! I am grateful for your help!!!
It is impossible to talk about value added through teaching without talking about quality standards. I have compiled below the aggregate results for the student evaluations I have received as the instructor on record at the University of Kansas, which is conducted by the university itself.