I would like to put here a bit about my teaching philosophy. My teaching philosophy is as important to me as your learning philosophy is to you. A few key points:
- I like to supplement the course material with occasional technology, but I still prefer old-style lectures on the board. I feel it helps maintain a reasonable pace for the class, it allows for additions and clarifications to the notes as they are written on the board, it helps show students how to draw more complex structures and mechanisms, and it helps reinforce learning through text processing.
- I enjoy telling stories in class. Sometimes they are related to chemistry, sometimes they are about my dog, sometimes they are about a crazy experience at lunch. I am sure some students find this habit of mine annoying, but I find it breaks up the monotany that can sometimes happen in lecture. It can keep your brain sharp at 8:00 AM or after lunch when you're ready to sleep. Plus, it helps you get to know me like I get to know you through your stories.
- My main goal is to prepare you for a future chemistry experience. If you are preprofessional, I hope to prepare you for your entrance exams and whatever biochemistry course(s) you take in professional school. If you are a student interested in chemistry graduate school or industry work, I hope to prepare you for understanding articles of a biochemical nature and making sure you can stand on your own two feet your first day in a lab. If you are interested in the allied health fields, I want you to feel confident in your knowledge, secure you won't have accidents in lab, and prepared to build on your basic biochemical knowledge from my class.
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