Although it may sound a bit clichΓ©d, here is a Chinese proverb I find motivating:

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember;
involve me and I'll understand."

To explain, I find that a direct approach to learning is the best. Doing things, discovering things, feeling things, this is when we learn. This is when we recognize how “it” relates to ourselves and that is when we walk out of the class remembering.

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2 Comments on Teaching Philosophy

  1. Dan Lewis says:

    Matt, when we built manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico we learned from our very industious hosts that all they wanted from us was:

    “tell us how”, “show us how”, and “watch us do it two times”………..very similar to your example. And it worked better than other training methods.

  2. Matt says:

    I’ve been speaking with a number of seasoned faculty here at Elon and, in a variety of different parallel examples, agree with it too.

    Thanks for commenting!

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