Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy comes down to this simple question which I routinely ask my students, albeit in different and sometimes, subtle ways. What is your dream? Or to put it another way, What do want out of life?  My overall objective as an educator is to assist you in finding your dream (if you haven’t already). And then to guide you on your way to achieving it. That’s my teaching philosophy in the nutshell. Of course I cannot get your dream for you. That’s only something you can do. I can only mentor you. Challenge you. I can do this because, actually, I am fascinated by what you, my student, thinks (考える) and, equally if not more importantly, feel (想う). My learning about you increases the chance that we can create a successful rapport. I do take a personal interest in my students. There is nothing I want more than for you to live a good life. This is the same thing I want for my very own children. Interaction with students is an incentive to teaching. But ultimately what makes the teaching experience worthwhile is to witness the personal growth of each student, as they encounter problems, and then overcome them. Growth, yours and mine.

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