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Karen Allendoerfer ravena at cco.caltech.edu
Mon Nov 17 18:22:48 EST 1997

In article <a-schmi-1711971402210001 at vortex5.life.uiuc.edu>,
aloisia schmid <a-schmi at uiuc.edu> wrote:
>It is true that most students are happy when you take them seriously and
>when you explain things that they don't understand.  I don't want to take
>credit away from them for that.  However, my complaint is that they expect
>you to do that for them, rather than showing a little gumption and looking
>things up on their own!  

I guess I just like being "needed" . . . when I was a TA,  and when I had
individual students working in the lab with me, I thought that
taking students seriously and explaining things they didn't understand
was part of my job.  Explaining the material was great fun for me.  If
they'd been able to look up everything on their own, I would have felt
kind of useless.

And sometimes, that human contact can go a long way towards facilitating
learning in a way that even the longest hours in the library looking up
things on your own can not.


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