Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone.

TransistorOne of the greatest talent is to make, teach, describe complicated things in the easy way. As person has magic to attract the attention of the people group, that make group to remember the subject and build imagination for complicated thing for the entire life.

I’m not big fan of the electronic, I had different classes related to the electronics at the university, electronic “looked” very boring for me. I can imagine and argue, that ~90% of the people, who attended electronic classes with me remember only the really basic of it. E.g. transistor is known word, but the main functions of it not (I’m not an “upstart”). Today I found outstanding description on the one book,

Transistor definition,

The transistor will likely go down as one of the greatest in modern history…

Transistor is tiny electronic device to control the flow of electricity. It has two key abilities: the first to amplify an electric signal, and the other is to switch on or off (1 or 0), letting current trough or blocking it as necessary.

Diode definition,

unlike a resistor, a diode is one-way street. Electricity (electrons) can go trough, but it can’t come back trough.

iWoz, Steve Wozniak with Gina Smith.

Well, probably if I had someone who describes the electronic in the similar way, I could be more interested in this subject. As well, such easy description stay on mind all life long, because it is an association, even then you do not touch these things at all.

Teachers are not supposed to be clowns, I agree. However, at the Latvian main technical university a lot of the teachers lack the ability to understand the fact, that some of their students have different level of the previous knowledge and a lot of classes are held in the “automatic” way, when teacher without any feelings and emotions are presenting the subject. Unfortunately usually students build just like “wall” against, so in result disrespect and incomprehension from the both sides. And students fell pretty good, when the teacher has trying to put himself/herself and best efforts to the process. Upon respect is built, two-side communication is possible, from teacher – his/her best to give the knowledge, from student – wiliness to get more knowledge.

Yes, I agree, that without any wiliness to knowledge, nothing is possible at the communication between teacher and student, however very motivated teacher is able to set fire for big groups of the students. That’s why talent is such important, that is described at the first sentence.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simple, Albert Einstein.


10 responses to this post.

  1. every coin has 2 sides..

    first side – students like yourself – with little knowledge in hardware components – yes they need that special approach, make associations with “real life”

    second side – students that know all that and all these things are boring for them – like reinventing the wheel.

    i know that well and i think you too, because on some subjects i was in the second part whilst not so rarely i found myself wondering for simpler explanation of things on subject. (And usually found that explanation from my fellow friends in my group)


  2. Posted by Sergejs on October 8, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Yea, I know that issue has two parts, but unfortunately we must admit
    the fact, that first group is bigger with little knowledge or even
    without knowledge. Of course when teacher is running ahead with new
    material, that seems too obvious for him and second part of the
    students, that does not produce big interest for the subject at first

    I know we are guilty by our-selves, but it is not possible that all the
    students have basic knowledge of the things they should. As well I
    accept the fact, that without student wiliness to get the subject,
    communication between teacher and student is not possible. But teacher
    may pull some efforts that other students would get interested at the
    subject too (IMHO).


  3. That attitude is compeltely wrong – you cannot say that lecturer has to create interest in a student to elarn something – thats why university is higher education facility – because you , by yourself have to have interest in subject and have to study hard, otherwise there is no use for that education. In schools children have same attitude – that teacher have to teach in a way that every one in the class knows that subject. Also every education standard says that you have to know certain things in the interest sphere of the main subject and level of knowledge can vary a bit, but you have to know at least the basics of those things that where taught to you. That was my attitude when i have private lessons in math – you need it you learn it, i just provide the means and explanations if you have such, if you don’t we can study next theme. And if you do not attend – even better – i get your money for nothing.


  4. Posted by Sergejs on October 9, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Indeed it was the point of my post.

    Yes, in theory your statement is true and apparent, teacher may just give the material.

    However, I think in practice,
    Teacher/lecturer should not teach you at all, he/she should give you material, that you should able to manage understand and learn the material. But I think that study would be more effective, in case teacher is able to give the material in the more attractive way with “live” explanations, not just ‘bu-bu-bu’ machine (like was ~80-85% of all the lectures on my university).

    Probably, I had selected wrong subject to study go figure, but I really enjoyed “live” lectures, when teacher is the member of the process, not just man who gives texts without pauses and normal explanations.

    Yes, you may say that lectures are going in that way, however some lectures managed to make students to participate at the lecture with 40-50-60 students (without any interruptions at the study process), such kind of lectures were great stuff.


  5. Some practical examples.
    We had very funny (in a good sense of this word) Physics teacher at secondary school. Sometimes we couldn’t stop laughing at her lessons. On the other way she was rather strict with marks and gave enough information. Unfortunately Physics was not my favourite subject :)But up to now I admire this personality.
    This is about sciences, a little bit different is in languages. When I first came to Goethe Institute (to study German) I thought that it would be difficult for me to sit at about 2 hours at the lesson in the evening after work and High School. But it appears rather interesting, with some games, it was not making me exhausted, but we had good time and obtained all the information successfully.


  6. Posted by Sergejs on October 14, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    I’m planning to go study German at Goethe. Few friends of mine were studied German there, they said that it is one of the best place to study German in Latvia. Uhm, by your description lessons are attractive too.

    Indeed it is very nice, when teacher is interested in the subject, he/she has respect to students and willingness to teach them all different things.


  7. Posted by yamsri on January 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    very nice explanation


  8. Posted by Sergejs on January 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    I’m glad that you found it useful 🙂


  9. I give my full respect to those interested in the german language, but as someone who has studied it for 12 years and excelled at it (at some point), what I can say is … it’s not worth it 🙂


  10. Posted by Sergejs on January 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Nobody will steal language knowledge for you.

    12 years, hmm, it is too long period.

    If there is no intention to move to Germany/Austria/Switzerland (aa they have completely different dialects, even in different Germany parts), this language is not worth. English should be enough,

    If you are going frequently to German to visit relatives friend, etc. (as I do), it is a bonus to understand native language.

    Who knows, probably after 15 years, every one will have to learn Chinese 🙂


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