Each student has their own unique interests, passions and opinions, and each class becomes a unique combination of unique individuals. Every year comes new developments in technology, theory and style. As a teacher, I need to be aware of these developments, student interests and industry needs, and plan accordingly.
The learning environment
Courses should be innovative, but also relevant, and the learning environment must be positive, stimulating, encouraging and creative. Students need to be active participants in their learning, and my role as teacher is to guide and to support, giving feedback when necessary and reinforce positive messages. I should also install a belief of high value in the students works, and an expectation of high standards.
A teacher should also use a variety of teaching strategies from brainstorming, discussions, experimentation, free exploration and group projects. I should use active learning techniques - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing. Dialogue between fellow students and teachers should be encouraged. It should be an environment where students have the confidence to ask questions, give opinions, work in teams and respect different points of view.
I hope students develop confidence in their abilities to create successful design solutions. Another successful outcome is if they leave with a systematic problem solving ability that will help them in this process.