A good university teacher according to UoG students (6:21)

A good university teacher according to UoG students (6:21)


So what makes a university
teacher a good university teacher? I think a good teacher is
someone who’s very enthusiastic and that she or he
has a lot of passion for the subject he’s
teaching and gives that passion to the students. I think there are a
lot of things that make a good university teacher. First of all, I think it’s that
you don’t do all the talking, that you involve the students,
as well, so interaction. The main thing is
that students need to learn to think critically. So ask questions. Ask them to think
about the task. Let them interact
with each other. It’s also very important–
and what I really like is when there are
assignments that make people think
in a different way, and perhaps, also, contribute
to the job market afterward. So do things that interact
with that as well. Well, I think accessibility
to students is very important. So in the sense that
you convey yourself in such a way, where students
feel like they can come to you and ask questions and receive
constructive feedback. So I think the accessibility
and constructive feedback are probably two fundamentals
of being a teacher. A good university teacher
is honest about what he knows and not knows. Also, I think a good
university teacher is involved and that he’s able to make
the connection between what students learn and what
happens in society. And I also think about
good university teacher as an entertainer. So he should be able to
teach his… He’s an entertainer so he’s
able to teach his information in a stimulating way. For me, it’s somebody
who can keep his students kind of lively so
that they are still able to pay attention after, for
example, two hours of lecture. Because that’s really
difficult. My students like, fall kind of asleep
after half an hour. So if you find a way to
draw their attention, then you’re a really
good teacher, I think. If he is able to
explain clearly, a topic which is quite
difficult, but also in such a way that you want to
know more about the topic than is asked. So if you want to deepen your
knowledge about something, and he can do this by
using different study methods interactivity,
in lectures, being open to students. Well, I think, mainly what makes
a teacher a good university teacher is, first
of all, preparation, knowing the material,
but also, knowing how to interact with the students. I have a lot of professors
that are quite– and I think it’s a tendency
here in the Netherlands– quite friendly. And I think that’s great
if you can establish a dialogue between
you as a student, and you as a professor. But at the same time,
there also should be a distance between being
friends or being a professor, and not really
crossing that boundary. So I think that’s what makes a
professor great, just knowing how to interact,
knowing your material, and being available
for questions and help. I believe that somebody
who has the ability to actually see the strength
and weaknesses of a person makes a very good teacher,
and somebody who then transfers that into
his support of that person. And somebody at the same time,
as well, leads by example. So who, of course, has a great
expertise in a certain field and can give you just a
small impetus, a small pinch in the right direction that
will lead you towards the ideas. He doesn’t choose
the answer for you, but he can provide
you with an idea that will lead you, finally, to
the answer you’re looking for. I think it’s very important
to create an environment in which learning is possible. But I think it’s
also very important to have fun with your students. So I once had a teacher, which
gave really good lectures. But we also had a lot of fun. And in the end, a lot of
people passed the course. A good university
teacher is someone who does a lot of
activating learning forms so that he uses the classroom
as a discussion platform. And so that you can have
a deeper understanding on the learning materials. Well, for me, a good teacher is
somebody who’s telling, maybe, really boring stuff,
but still knows how to keep your
attention throughout one and a half hours. So I think, it’s that people
have a way of telling stories and be really animated, and just
that you really keep focused. That helps for me. Well, first of all, I think
a good university teacher is someone who’s really
passionate about what he’s teaching. Because if you’re
really passionate, you can pass this passion
upon your students, as well. So they can be more
successful in the future, when they get a job. But the second point
I will try to make is that a teacher should
also touch upon pressing issues of the present day. Because oftentimes,
teachers speak about past, but they forget
about the present. And from this
perspective, I think teachers should involve
students in living the moment, and thinking about the
issues that are present today in our society. And this, perhaps, will
generate more ideas about how we can
solve issues today, how students might help our
society overcome problems. Oh, well, someone who
can trigger you to help find out things you
didn’t know before, and who’s open for questions. So if you have
questions, that you can come and, well, ask him.

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