The above paraphrase from a 1921 quote of Albert Einstein sums up both my philosophy and approach to teaching. Although the current interpretation of the quote is slightly different than what Einstein intended, the general meaning still holds true. Education is not just the simple accumulation of facts, one must be able to take what has been previously done and apply it to new and different situations. In addition, one must be able to take what has been previously done and use it to create new ideas and extend the field of study.
To this end, in addition to many facts we discuss in class, I like to concentrate on the over-arching ideas related to the course material and their broader scope in the field. It is my hope is that this approach will help illustrate the interconnections of concepts with the other course material as well as science in general. I am always interested in developing new and effective ways to bring the current technology into the classroom, exploration is one of the greatest learning tools. I also feel that the classroom experience is just the first step, and one must take what skills they have gained in class and apply them to something beyond the classroom experience.
Dr. Don Spickler
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Henson School of Science & Technology
Henson Hall, 132A
Salisbury, Maryland 21801