As a instructor for the undergraduates, I keep discovering my own true teaching style. Before being a instructor, I have been a TA for undergraduates and graduates. However, there are great differences between the TA and instructor. As a TA, the main job is to follow what instructor has taught and then solve problems for students, which means there is no need to organize and discover everything for students. This semester, I need to write my own lecture notes, come up with problem sets and think very hard about the teaching philosophy.
After teaching for several weeks, I gradually get used to undergraduates and try to adjust myself for them. In my opinion, there is no perfect teaching style for students and instructor needs to adjust themselves with different groups of students. For example, I need to explain myself step by step about how to solve a problem rather than just providing key points for undergraduates. Also, I need to think of a consistent teaching logic for them to get used to otherwise they will easily misunderstand one definition with another. Another important think I would like to share is that instructor’s body language sometimes mean a lot as it will tell students which part is important and which part is difficult or not.
As a very young instructor, there is still a long way for me to become a really teacher in university and I sill need to learn a lot of things. There are some points I would like to learn after teaching this semester. First and foremost, I think it is urgent for me to establish a stable and framework of teaching style for me. Normally, I will start to teach something new with its definition and then how it can be used. But I need more class to strengthen this skill. Next, I would like to learn more about homework design. A good homework should help students to review notes but also enable them to have a deeper understanding of this course. Finally, I need to put more attention to students’ feedback. Sometime, I can teach smoothly and make myself understood but actually there are still some students who are confused about what I have said. Therefore, adjusting myself based on students’ quick feedback is quite important.