Learning is a team effort, one of contribution and acceptance between both the teacher and the student. By learning more about one another as people, the instructor can most effectively communicate to an optimally receptive student what needs to be learned about the subject matter. From all of my experience in teaching-- from courses I taught during college, through my time in Special Education for Montgomery County Schools, to teaching various professional courses, and most recently, as a volunteer for the MCPS Junior Achievement program and tutor for my own son through middle school, I have discovered that communication is the key to all parties learning more from each other and more about the subject being studied in order to enjoy the most rewarding education possible. My mission with each student is to help him or her emerge from the experience with more than just the ability to regurgitate facts for exams or standardized tests. Instead, when students can grasp any subject well enough to to truly understand it... to interpret and re-interpret it and apply it in diverse ways beyond just the textbook, then they have gained knowledge, knowledge to make their lives richer. And that is the purest goal of learning.
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