A student came to interview me yesterday for a project which required students to interview a professor they find interesting about teaching and learning. I will reproduce the interview here because it was lots of fun to answer the questions.
Q.: How long have you been teaching?
A.: This year, I will celebrate the 20th anniversary of my teaching career. I'm not ancient, I just started very early. [The last statement was in response to the interviewer's incredulous look.]
Q.: What makes a bad student?
A.: In my teaching philosophy, there are no bad students. There are only students who did not receive enough attention, encouragement, and support from the teacher.
Q.: How do you find a balance between work and personal life?
A.: In our profession, it is very easy to do so. We only have to be at work 2 or 3 days a week, seven months in a year.
Q.: Then why do so many professors complain that they are overworked and never have time for anything?
A.: I guess they are a lot more responsible than I am.
Q.: How do you preserve your enthusiasm for teaching? I often see professors who look like they don't even care. How do you avoid that?
A.: I'm sure they care a lot. Everybody's teaching style is different, so some people are not as demonstrative as others.
Q.: What advice would you give to freshmen?
A.: Dedicate your first year of college to learning how to learn.