A brain holding books representing the library and because I own the rights already

John Urschel

NOT BASEBALL

John Urshel gives an inspiring talk describing why some may succeed in STEM fields and others not succeed. While much of this is well known he did remind me that I had tried to create a student “library” in the past where self-motivated students could suggest readings or videos that helped them learn a topic. I will try this in all my classes for the next couple years. I may allow up to x points of extra credit per test for suggesting a resource and writing a paragraph (x in Z and x < 6).

Given a lot I’ve learned recently I should also probably update my teaching philosophy:

One: It’s most important students learn
Two: (Old) Given that students spend 45-75 hours in the classroom as long as it does not interfere with point one students should enjoy class
Three: Given that I spend 45-75 hours in the classroom as long as it does not interfere with points one or two then I should enjoy the class

One: It’s most important students learn
Two: (New) Students should have comfort in the classroom and feel part of a community given that they spend 45-75 hours in the classroom and these things aid learning.
Three: (Tweaked) Given that I spend 45-75 hours in the classroom and that a teacher that enjoys teaching aids learning, as long as it does not interfere with points one or two then I should enjoy the class

I have more notes if anyone is interested and Urschel does give a an interesting speech.

I also realize that my teaching philosophy owes a debt to Asimov.

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