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Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Heart Of Teaching

I never get tired of hearing this teacher's story. His name is Walter Lewin and his a physics professor at MIT. His love, passion, and enthusiasm for science and physics is great, but his love and desire for his students is even great. Here is a link to recent article on him. The video is great to with some visuals as to what he pulls off in class to communicate the concepts. Here are a couple of lines that stick out:

  • What is it about physics (teaching/preaching/facilitating/presenting/etc.) that makes you feel alive? Lewin replies, "It's the audience that makes me feel alive!" This guy loves the people more than the principles.
  • "It took me decades to come to the realization that really what counts is not what you cover, but what counts is what you uncover." That's good. That's really good. And that takes time, passion, and preparation.
  • What he teaches is this concept: find out what is really important. Find out what is really at the heart of what you are trying to communicate.
  • The takeaway: "I want them to takeaway that they love physics, that they love science, that they see the beauty of the world around them."
Just google the guy's name and you'll get a ton of other articles and videos about who he is, what he does, and more importantly what he loves!

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