Last week we discussed how people learn. There was a lack of consensus, which is as it should be with an open-ended question. As present/ future academics, we all need to find the areas where our abilities match the needs of the students.
One thing we talked about at our table was influential professors. I don’t think most professors are influential because of what they say, but more importantly how they say it, who they are, and what they stand for. I wonder if it’s not the social attributes of the professor that makes her/him appealing. In essence, it’s how they make students feel as learners. I think that a good professor first and foremost makes a student feel comfortable with what each student knows and is not afraid to (gently) push students out of their comfort zones of thought. A good professor encourages us to try new things and grow from that experience. Any thoughts? Agree or disagree, I’d be interested.