My Teaching Philosophy For the Video Courses
I love learning. I have a hard time comprehending people who don't like learning new things. I have plans for far more projects than I'll ever be able to complete in my lifetime, so when someone says they are BORED—I really don't get it.
According to the Bible, we are created in the image of God. One aspect of that likeness is creativity. I love creating things—physically and on the computer. Whether I create a graphic, computer program, or website, I often leave it displayed on the monitor so I can stand back and admire it.
Even God, at the end of each day of the creation week, looked over what He had created and admired His work. :)
What does any of that have to do with my approach to education?
I believe learning is fun, exciting, self-rewarding!
I am not an entertainer! I'm a teacher or instructor. My courses present topics in a logical sequence, explain things clearly and thoroughly, and provide examples and exercises that will be interesting to students who want to learn.
If you're looking for razzle-dazzle entertainment, these courses aren't for you. My aim is to help students develop the knowledge and skills that allow them to become creators. That produces a long-term satisfaction that remains long after entertainment wears off.
I love it when light bulbs start going off—when students begin to see how to use the skills they are learning. I've had students tell me they spent hours on an assignment—not because they had to—because they wanted to! They got wrapped up in it and just couldn't stop.
I enjoy helping students become creators rather than passive consumers of technology.
My goal in teaching is to provide the SPARK that ignites a fire for the love of learning!
This book, along with books by John Taylor Gatto on education, were early eye-openers to me as to what is happening in our culture. Life-changing books if you take them seriously. (Amazon affiliate links)