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After having a year-long opportunity to teach, I have found it to be a profession I truly enjoy. For my degree I was required to assist a senior professor for one semester, but luckily enough I was able to teach a microbiology class where I was the primary teacher. This was my chance to not only put to practice all the beneficial teaching habits I have seen over my college career, but experiment with new ideas of my own to help create an active and enriching learning environment. Some have brought great success, some have brought confusion, but all have allowed me to create a dynamic teaching experience which I strive to improve each year.
To me, an effective teacher is one instills the principle knowledge of a given subject matter while stimulating critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. This occurs not only by engaging your students inside the class with stimulating lectures and activities, but relating the material to in the context to their own career interests. For example, I have found it useful on the first day of class to ask each student their major which I then memorize. As I progress through the material, I then relate with relevant examples to as many of the majors as I can. This not only keeps their attention, but allows the current material to placed into context with their own personal interests making it easier to remember.
I approach teaching with a well prepared and enthusiastic attitude and strive to make each student as knowledgeable and excited about the material as I am. This process occurs well before the first day of class as I prepare a clear, concise, and sometime humorous class outlines as well as research possible questions that may arise in class. Throughout the class, I make it a habit to let students know I am easily accessible and will meet or respond to any question or comment as soon as I can.