Teaching

Teaching plays a crucial role in my career. I enjoy all my successful experiences as well as lessons as an instructor and advisor. Beyond course teaching itself, I have a deep passion to help students to establish their career in academics and industry after graduation.  

My teaching principles

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -- Benjamin Franklin

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. -- Van Goethe

My first principle is that statistics is fun, and so should be the learning process. The key idea is to motivate students to enjoy and appreciate the statistical thinking regarding to why and how to measure and control the uncertainties in the world full of randomness. It is imperative to create an environment and teaching procedure that brings students into a vivid interactive learning process.

Instead of offering the students fish, my second principle is to offer them the awareness and skills of fishing. There is no way to learn everything in school; students need to learn how to learn, and they will enjoy their lifetime learning and improvement.

My third principle is to train students to be independent and skeptical thinkers. The idea is to nest teaching and learning activities within serious scientific explorations or research practices.

The fourth principle is that education is not limited to academic activities; it is also about students' careers and their lives. I am very enthusiastic in creating opportunities for students to find prospects outside of the campus, to improve their professional skills, and to discuss the value of an optimistic life at large.



© Zheyang Wu 2014