For My Students
1. Principles on which we will relate to each other
- Mutual Respect
Respect is NOT just a matter of being polite and having good manners. Mutual respect means I understand and accept your basic rights, struggles, problems, ambitions, weaknesses, and the uniqueness of your character AND you do the same for me.
I would like each and every student to feel at home in my classroom.
I will learn all your names and you should also get to know all your classmates by name.
If there is anything I can do to help you learn the material in my course and acquire the skills listed in the course learning objectives, do not hesitate to tell me.
2. What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. (Aristotle)
As much as I enjoy my presentations in class (and I hope you will too) do not expect to acquire the skills my course promises, simply by listening to me talk.
It is vital that you participate in all learning activities in each and every class session.
Moreover, to be productive in those activities you must come to class prepared (i.e., read the assigned material and perform any assigned research before coming to class).
And, needless to say, after each class session, you must follow up with any homework activities assigned.
3. Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain. (Aristotle)
Learning does not take place if one stays constantly in his / her comfort zone.
An athlete in any sport needs to push harder and harder with every workout in order to improve.
Likewise, you will have to push yourselves beyond what you know and what you can do to something gain from my course.