Q: What if I can't answer a students question?
A: This is an easy one, just take your pick from one of my top three responses
- Well, you're first choice is to make something up. As the teacher you are revered as the authority and they will believe most everything you tell them. I know this because of all the myths I've debunked that were taught by other instructors. Gosh darn it's hard being the competent one :)
- Respond with thought, intrigue, and humility. "Hmmmm, yes, well that is a very good question Tiny Tim. I actually don't know the answer. I know this may come as a surprise but I don't know all things...just most things."
- Use scientific limitations to your advantage. "Well, you know...I don't think there is yet a scientific explanation for that. Perhaps you should pursue a doctorate and research this topic further.
Q: How can I more fully enjoy my experience as a teacher?
A: To best enjoy your teaching experience you must take full advantage of your captive audience. Following are a few examples of things I've done.
- Make sure to share all stories and personal opinions you didn't get to share with the family over Sunday dinner last night.
- Incorporate all gruesome pictures from your personal blog, (the ones you couldn't get your friends and family to look at) into your PowerPoint presentations.
- Assign research articles that support your personal opinions as homework assignments.
I have run out of time today but hope you have enjoyed the brief question and answer sessions that was provided. Please feel free to submit any remaining questions in the comments section and I will do my best to reply in a timely fashion.