My primary goal as aninstructor is to encourage the students towards their passion and curiosity. Ibelieve that the most important part of teaching is to create a classroomenvironment in which students from all levels of learners can achieve their potentialand learn to think as researchers. My teaching ideology relies on the followingstrategies. Even though the advancingdigital world offers a lot of new resources to the students to learn, I believethe traditional lecture is an important component. Mainly classroom environmenthelps students to interact and discuss with other students.
When students candraw and debate an idea, in addition to reading and hearing about it, theyretain the information longer and can conceptualize the material for use in newcontexts. However, I also believe lecturing must be combined with other methodsof instruction because not all students learn best from lectures. I hopeinteraction based learning improves learning outcomes for all level ofstudents. I believe that at theoutset of any course, an instructor must first decide what learning outcomesthey want students to achieve by the end of the course.
I might ask my studentsa question at the beginning of class, and again at the end of class, to see ifthey learned what I wanted them to over the course of the lesson. If not, thatsuggests that my strategy for the day might need to be modified, or perhaps Ineed to spend more time covering a particular topic. I could also ask them thesame question again in a future class meeting, to see how well the lessons areretained.Students tend to learnfundamental concepts better when they know they will soon be asked to applythem to problems they find important and relevant. I structure my courses withchallenging and interesting questions right from the beginning of the semesterand try to infuse my students with a desire to know more.I believe that Exams willbe designed to assess whether students have achieved my learning outcomes.However, even in a class with several midterm exams in addition to a final thatcreates a handful of opportunities to receive quantitative information abouthow the class is performing.
I would like to introducetwo new interdisciplinary courses at IISER Pune. First is Physical Principlesof Remote Sensing which covers all remote sensing technologies and theirfundamental physical principles with laboratory sections. Second is MicrowaveRemote sensing for Cryosphere which explains different cryosphere componentsand their changes, how these components could be studied or monitored usingbasic to advanced remote sensing technologies. Additionally, I would be excitedto conduct lab course especially to handle Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) dataand how to use that for snowpack parameter studies.By adhering to the aboveprinciples, I will teach my students to become critical thinkers trained in thescientific method.