"Education is not the filling of a bucket, it is the lighting of a fire." -W.B. Yeats
Seems Yeats might have been referring to an earlier reference:
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited." -Plutarch.
Though I am not currently teaching any courses, I am interested in effective approaches to teaching and learning, including model-based reasoning, peer learning, experiential learning, and the use of technology in education. I am an active member of the Graduate Teaching Community at UC Davis, a network of graduate students and postdocs who meet weekly to discuss and practice approaches to education. You can follow our community on our blog. I also occasionally have the chance to teach a session in a seminar or group meeting, which I often use to test out ideas. I maintain a teaching notebook through openwetware to keep track of the successes and failures of the things I explore.
- If you're new to OWW Lab Notebooks, you can browse journal entries by clicking on any of the highlighted days in the calendar. From within any entry you should be able to jump to the next and previous entries (currently quite spaced out, as my teaching opportunities vary at the moment).
- See the UC Davis Graduate Teaching Community blog for more experiences and ideas on effective approaches to education.
Some excellent background reading and and studies demonstrating the effectiveness of different teaching approaches.