Teaching II: A few months later.


What is interesting now after a few months is observing this strange primal animal that is inside of children. They will lie, a lot. Even when it is clear that they are lying, they will lie. They will try to steal, they will try to get away with things so you have to watch them and they will yell and some will resort to fighting and being cruel to each other with very little thought of how it feels. I also realize that sometimes I discipline kids for small things because they have been doing a lot of small things throughout the day and the kids that are generally behaved will do a big thing that I will let slide because they have been good.

Learning Teaching

I’ve had to realize that while I thought I knew a lot about engineering, I knew very little about managing students and teaching. As a result, I read a couple of books: The Philosophy of Teaching by Nathaniel Sands which explains how to teach kids in very general terms, and Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers by Michael Cimicata. I’d say the two books are not enough but as you read a few books you start to get a little better at managing classes. However, one thing those books can’t teach is curiosity about children and the desire to teach them engineering. That I think has to come from inside. It is easy to become tired and jaded so I have to continuously remind myself that it is not their fault when they are bored or misbehave, but mine.

Teaching Engineering.

One thing I learned about engineering as a result of teaching engineering is that while I know how to engineer things, I know very little about how we got to now, meaning all of the inventions and inventors who created the world we inherited today. Because kids love stories, I had to teach myself about how we got to now. This means it has been pretty interesting for me to learn about the evolution of cars, planes, photography, and of the lives of different engineers. For instance, as a result of learning about cars and cameras, I learned that the inventor of the first photograph Nicephore Niepce was the brother of the inventor of the internal combustion engine, Claude Niepce. Both of them died poor as they were not able to commercialize their invention which is all too common for engineers of original inventions. It is as if so much energy goes into making the first that there isn’t the energy to make money off the first.



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