Steve Iman

en*thu*si*asm \in-'th(y)uze-az-em\ n [Gk enthouslamos, fr enthouslazein to be inspired, fr entheos inspired, fr en- + theos god] a 1 : belief in special revelations b : fanaticism 2 a : strong excitement of feeling : FERVOR b : something inspiring zeal or fervor syn see PASSION


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Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

Sometimes I get very tired of teaching in a university. Grades and judging people make some, but little sense to me. I'd prefer to be a coach and consultant. I see classes as full of "customers", and "adults", rather than passive and dependent "students". I seek to be a co-learner, and approach teaching more with a philosophy for participating in and managing a learning community, than a traditional philosophy of education.

I can give a good lecture, but I don't think students learn much that way. I assume that they're like me, and that they learn best from experience, from setting their own goals, and living in a climate of support and trust.

Those who have an interest in learning more about my core values and thoughts on learning communities and personal development, may want to visit several papers which I've archived in the "articles" section of the "About Steve" section of this site.