Since not that long ago I became a teacher. I have classes at the Technical University of Moldova - where I used to be a student no more than 3 (or 2?) years ago.
Inforail is a wiki created to enhance the academic experience, for both - my students and myself. You can visit the site by going to info.railean.net. If you go there you can see lists of keywords that refer to the things that were discussed in class, as well as keywords related to the assignments given in the labs.
Inforail is not supposed to be "one source of information to rule them all", it is just a high-level reference that tells you what to look for in books or on the Internet. It may be incomplete, so don't limit yourself only to the keywords mentioned there, always explore things in depth and examine the topics that are related to the one you're currently studying.
The site is not likely to become more than that, because there are many books that cover the subjects very well, and there are many web-sites that explain things in detail.
The discipline is focused on computer networks and IT security. If you want to attend a lesson, perhaps you can visit lab#503 on Thursday at 17:10 (building #3, CIM).
My standard approach is to describe my activities (especially the challenges I find most difficult) in great detail - because sharing is the best path towards improvement. However, this may not be such a good idea because some students can use that information to take shortcuts that will make the academic journey less challenging.
Here are some basic questions for the reader:
- If you're one of my students:
- what is the least attractive part of the lesson?
- what do you think about the lab assignments? Are they interesting? Are they complex enough? Are they too complex?
- which new assignments are you interested on working on?
- what kind of assignments you enjoyed most when you were a student?
- which features a teacher had to possess in order to make the lesson more interesting?
And here are some observations:
- Most students are afraid to ask questions
- Most students are lazy - given the chance to write comments in their code in order not to forget what every line of means, they still manage to not do that
- Some students are stubborn - given the choice between an easy solution and a complex one, some choose the complex one (which usually means writing ~5 times more code)
- Most students are not good at taking notes in class. They understand something perfectly well in class but they forget about it next time; I think this is happening because they failed to write down the most important things mentioned during a lesson. It's not about writing everything, it's about writing everything that matters
I am sure that none of these is new to you. The good part is that I see progress - the students I teach today are more active than my fellow students were several years ago. The future will be exciting, I'm looking forward to it.
Comment from: Ion Todirel [Visitor]
hehe, congrats, you look weird for a teacher thought :)
Maybe, but it doesn’t feel that much different from discussing something with your colleagues, explaining them a concept during the break.
There is a teacher in each of us.
Comment from: Fr3Zy [Visitor]
Competition is the fastest path towards improvement. Maybe you’ll understand this someday ^^
Yes, and no. Check out Dawkins’ “Nice guys finish first", it is a documentary that describes the efficiency of various behaviour patterns.
Sharing yields better results for the society as a whole, while the opposite can have a quicker positive result for an individual, but with long-term disadvantages.
Comment from: Veronica Jereghi [Visitor]
Well, as your student, I would like to say that you are a damn good teacher, pardon my French xD
At the first course I was a little bit “scared", I thought “OMG, this teacher is going to kick our asses !!", but on the next week I realized that you totally rock, I like very much the way you teach us, I cannot not listen to you, first of all because it’s interesting what you are talking about, and second, if I don’t listen, you’ll notice that and then ask me to repeat what has been discussed earlier, and not being able to answer would be a big shame ))
I like that you give us a lot of examples during the classes, the labs are very interesting, but as a lazy student (shame on me) I tend not to submit them on time. One thing I really like about your classes is that it’s enough to review one time the notes I’ve taken in class and I know I won’t fail the exam :)
I also love your sarcastic jokes :)
I consider myself a lucky student to have you as my teacher and I can positively affirm that you are one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, like Mr. Bostan Viorel and Mr. Cotelea Vitalie.
P.S: do not consider the aforementioned as sweet-talking, it’s the truth)
Thank you for the valuable feedback, it turns out that getting up early in the morning every Tuesday is not a wasted effort. (-:
I got it - examples are good, will take that into account.
Feel free to provide more feedback, especially about the things that are not good (besides the fact that you have to get up early).
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