Teaching, if done right, can be a marvelous profession impacting people beyond anyone’s imagination. Or in the words of Henry Adams:
“Teachers affect eternity. There is no telling where their influence stops.”
On the other hand, too much interference with the students’ natural desire to learn can be a turn off. Albert Einstein put it this way:
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
Teaching must not be an isolated endeavor, it must be embedded into the continuous search for new knowledge:
“Teaching without research is blind. Research without teaching is sterile.”
ROLES OF THE TEACHER
Traditionally, teachers have been delivery persons: delivering basic material to the students via lectures. Since basic material is now available in digital repositories for free, this role is no longer appropriate. The more appropriate roles are: facilitator, mentor, stimulator, provocateur, engager, and awakener.
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Dr. Les A. Piegl, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620