On the Classroom
Students learn best when they are engaged, encouraged, and excited–and that means that a good teacher needs to help cultivate the kind of energy they want to see in the classroom. You meet students where they are, not where you think they should be. No two classes are alike; meeting students where they are means that you recognize that your approach can and must change, not just from semester to semester but from moment to moment. The recipe for an effective teacher includes expertise, enthusiasm, salesmanship, insight, and improv.
On Creativity and the Arts
Creativity can’t be taught, but it can be nurtured. A creative student is one who has been encouraged to think and explore, to delight in questions and to accept ambiguity. Creativity isn’t a skill or a talent, it’s a method. To be creative, students have to make unorthodox connections–between the past and present, between the concrete and the abstract, and between the world as it is and the world as it could (or even should) be.