I had students feedback for my classes. The result is not encouraging. Most of students complained that 1) the pace is too fast, 2) my explanation is not clear, 3) the lecture notes are too hard to follow, 4) they need more examples.
I also talked to G. in the party. He gave me some advises. Americans in general hate math notations. They are scared of those symbols. In contrast, they love to build the class around intuitions. Here in States students have different attitudes as Asians. They don’t face fierce competition as we do. Their life is very relaxed. If this is their culture, if this is their expectation. Then why bother? I don’t deserve to suffer this. Just go easy teach what they can easily learn, test what they were taught in the class. And that is it. We don’t have obligation to teach them more.
This also confirmed my impression. Just go easy stuff, easy grade. If class is easy, they are happy. Don’t teach too much, don’t expect them to work outside the classroom for anything new. They don’t have that attitude. They just want to be fed with formulas and then plug in the numbers. Independent thinking is what they hate most.
According to these information, I should dramatically change my teaching philosophy. I must truly believe that I must lower the level of difficulty. What I really care now should not be how much I teach them, but my teaching evaluation. They don’t deserve my efforts. Therefore, keep it as simple as they want. The first thing I need to do is to change my lecture notes, switching to more easy ones. This is critical. I will use the slides provided by the publisher. I will give easier homework and exams.
1) I will adopt the minimal principle: go very slow with minimal knowledge but verbose explanation.
2). Exercise class every Friday. No matter how tedious they are.
3). They expect they see the homework problems before they head for homework.
As an adult, I should be mature enough to figure out that I need their teaching evaluation for survival. The key is that, if the material is little and easy, they can easily understand. Then they will not complain much. If that is what they want, then sell it that way. I have no obligation to make them think. After all, if they really want to learn, they should not end up here and they will learn any way.
Isn’t it a sad fact that patients don’t know what is good for them? I give up. I am just too good for them (by the way, since this is so offensive to you, I deleted it from the title. At least I need to make you happy :) ).