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My Educational Philosophy
When I am not at work, more often than not you will find me doing some project around the house, often with one or more little helpers tagging along behind. I love the challenge of making repairs and improvements – give me the (literal) tools, some guidelines, and a little time and I will figure out how to make a project work.
I love medicine for this reason. Being successful has more to do with an understanding of basic principles combined with a healthy dose of curiosity and problem solving skills than the ability to produce exactly the right answer at all times.
This philosophy carries into the way I approach my teaching as well. According to the Teaching Perspectives Inventory, my educational philosophy straddles the Apprenticeship and Developmental perspectives. I think we learn best from experience, but that experiences has to hit a sweet spot in terms of our prior knowledge and experience. Similarly, as an educator, it is crucial that I consider the viewpoint of a learner to help them to create a more complex understanding of a particular problem.
My theory is that enjoyment for the learner is found when they are supported and mentored into a position where they can embrace the complexity and use their curiosity to investigate the ways in which a particular problem both fits and deviates from a foundational knowledge of the subject at hand.