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To this end, my approach to teaching requires that I be able to convey to students an understanding of the principles behind a subject as well as any practical application of the techniques covered by the subject, where possible. It is also important that I be able to, where appropriate, inspire students with the subject's possibilities and any research opportunities. As such, I make it a point to attempt to familiarize myself with a subject's history and the current state-of-the-art.
It is important to me that I view my students as individuals. In every class, students learn at a different pace and approach subjects from different perspectives. Good teaching techniques can apply to a good number of students in a class. I have, however found it necessary to learn to read the progress of individual students and to fine-tune my teaching to help as many of my students succeed as possible.
Finally, I believe education and learning should be fun. I never cease my attempts to find novel, interesting and humorous ways to lead students into a subject. Of course, I have had to be careful that I minimized the chances of confusing students in these attempts.