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"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."

– William Butler Yeats

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

"Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love." I desire to be an excellent instructor and effective in classroom. I am dedicated to fulfillment of the “Teacher-Scholar” model, and through my dedication to this model. I not only want my students to learn the fundamental knowledge and techniques, but also reinforce critical thinking and problem solving capabilities and skills. To achieve the goals, I constantly pay attention to my role as an effective instructor in every class I teach, and ensure that students are aware of the importance of having both critical conceptual thinking skill and techniques for being a graphic design major and a qualified designer in the real world. The brainstorming and idea inspiration in class are very effective ways to generate students’ ideas and help them create the works with their own voice. Consistently, I endeavor to address my teaching mainly on four aspects:

  1. Explaining complex theories through demonstrations and workshops.
  2. Stimulating student’s interest in exploring their critical thinking and the concept of work, and assist them to produce professional works and well present their works to peers when they are in a brainstorming session and in a critique.
  3. Introducing and encouraging students to learn the most updated technologies.
  4. Providing technical problems solving to students when they practice complex design and pre-press on both print-based and screen-based platforms.

William Butler Yeats said "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." In order to help students generate good project outcomes and gain solid foundation from my classes, I choose high-relevant materials and concrete examples to motivate students during the class. Case study discussions, idea development, project finalization, and presentation techniques are the step-by-step procedure for producing a project and providing multiple learning styles. In addition to my teaching message in the class, I maintain and update an academic showcase, my teaching website at pxstudio.us, to share high-related references such as previous students’ works from each individual class. I use some assistant teaching tools such as Wordpress to further explain class message and project requirements. I post new student work on my blog at http://pxstudio.us/blog/?cat=49. I also use Behance to inspire students to get their own ideas, and use Flickr and Vimeo to establish additional platforms of peer critique and online presentation. Besides helping out in classrooms, I spend more office hours a day after classes for assisting students’ inquires, and help them get to know their strengths, weaknesses, and potentials. Furthermore, I evaluate each student’s deficiencies on his/her works, and provide him/her the way to improve.