Devon Island Expedition

Devon Island Expedition
This blog features educational updates on my Devon Island Expedition of July 14-20, 2007. Other sites:,

Monday, February 11, 2008

Why I Love Teaching

I just finished giving my first lecture of the semester here at LSU! I love the interaction with the students and having to prepare lectures (which makes one really learn or re-learn the topic).

I suppose that I always wanted to be a Professor. It was my second career choice after being an astronaut. I remember in graduate school how rewarding it was to give presentations that students understood and appreciated. I guess I also remembered the awful professors and teaching assistants that I sometimes endured. This experience made me dedicated to presenting quality products to my students.

It's important to keep perspective on what's important and to remember what bothered you.

Leroy Chiao


Paolo Amoroso said...

Do you have any suggestions on how to teach in a way that is understandable and appreciated, or how not to be an awful teacher?

Leroy Chiao said...

I think the most important thing is that you must care about teaching and about doing a good job. Obviously, you need to prepare for class and know the material. Finally, I think it is important to know your audience. You get a feel for the class and then try to get your message across in a way to which they might relate.

Leroy Chiao

bill said...

what classes do you teach at LSU?