If you have the opportunity to listen to the physics lecture of Professor Walter HG Luin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you will be surprised to find that this famous professor is not sitting high above the stage, you can’t see him facing the notebook or The projection screen is an inexhaustible explanation to the audience. In fact, you are more likely to find that he is swinging on the ceiling to demonstrate how the pendulum moves; or to slam a student with a cat’s curl to create a charge. “Students may not remember a complicated equation,” he said. “But they can definitely remember a professor who is flying in the air.”
Walter’s students are not just those who have taken the MIT’s intellectual intelligence. Thanks to global video sharing sites such as YouTube, Walter’s lectures have arrived all over the world, and his students have exceeded the maximum number he can imagine. “I am so passionate about physics,” he said. “I not only want to share it with my students, but I also want to share it with others, whether he is only seven years old or already 90 years old.”
When Walter began teaching in 1972, all he wanted was to follow the traditional teaching model. “I can’t wait to put all my knowledge into the students’ minds in an hour.” But Walter soon noticed that students were more likely to accept what they were interested in, and what interests them most is an interactive presentation instead of Passive acceptance of knowledge. “The key is not how much knowledge you talk about,” Walter said. “And it’s about getting your students to fall in love with physics.”
Even Walter’s online audience has been inspired by him to love physics that he did not even know before. “I often receive letters from the children. They told me that they understood some complicated knowledge and thought that I was very interesting,” Walter said.
Although it takes a lot of time to teach your students in the classroom, and he spends the same amount of time preparing lessons outside the classroom (it takes about 25 hours for each new class!), but Walter still gives him every one of the time. Internet fans reply alone. “Everyone may find physics very interesting,” he said. “That is part of life.”
Walter believes that no matter who he is, the most important thing he can learn from his lectures is: “Don’t always stare at the equation, but look at the world around you through the equation. Going out of the equation, learning is more fun. ”
Yes, getting out of the equation and learning is more fun. This is true for physics, but is it not for other disciplines? When the teacher completely got rid of the cramming teaching method, when the students are interested in the knowledge they have learned or even love, what other bad subjects can they have?