“He is a master. I think all professor should be able to teach as him. That way students would not have
to spend hours reading off of lectures.”
“I can honestly say I had
never seen a professor who cared more for his students and how they do, as well
as what they learn.”
Above are two quotes from
many said about me by my former students (this link http://www.teachology.xyz/evvv.html provides more examples).
I am good at teaching (PhD
in Education) physics (MS in theoretical Physics).
getting an MS in theoretical physics from Perm State University (Russia) I
almost immediately turned to teaching and researching on teaching. Soon after
that I entered a field of teacher professional development (a subfield of andragogy) and then also became a consultant on
education techniques and policies and their implementation at an individual,
school, district or regional levels, later in a combination with an
administrative position. My Doctoral work was focused on tools for igniting
school teachers’ sustainable desire to grow professionally and on helping
teachers with their continues professional development (BTW, teaching teachers
about teaching requires deep and wide understanding of learning, teaching and
the teaching subject).
In 2002 I won a Green Card
and moved to the USA. Having no English (and learning it on my own from
scratch) and without any support from any professional network it took me some
time to reestablish myself again as an educator: a teacher, a researcher, a writer.
Since then I have been
teaching Boston University PY105/106 Elementary Physics courses, as well as
teaching College Mathematics, Physics and Problem solving at ITT Technical
Institute (Norwood, MA), Wentworth Institute of Technology, Bridgewater State
University, BU High School Academy. Currently I am also restarting my career as
a consultant in the field of teacher professional development.
Over the years of my
teaching and research practice I have developed numerous math and physics
middle-, and high- school and college curricula, syllabi and lesson plans;
problem sets, worksheets and hands-on activities. I have an experience in
developing websites and using such ones as webct, moodle, blackboard,
webassign, masteringphysics, wileyplus; creating new demonstrations, filming
movies and posting them online, using Java applets and audience responds
systems (eInstruction, Turning Technologies); developing laboratory experiments
and writing manuals. I have been and am using different teaching strategies, including
different media to motivate students to learn and to help students to master a
Throughout all my
professional life as an educator I have always had good relationships with my
students and colleagues. I always respect all my students and they know it, and
they respect me back even if they do not have the grade they would like to have
for the course. My years of personal tutoring and teaching provided me with
invaluable insights on how people learn and how to help them to master a
subject and to become more efficient learner. I have been sharing this
experience with many students, teachers, and colleagues. I have strong
communication skills, deep understanding of pedagogy, wide teaching experience,
and competent in using a variety of educational software products.
I firmly believe in a
scientific approach to teaching and to research on teaching. A teacher should
be able to state specific goals, list the assumptions, formulate the criteria
of a success, and establish measuring tools and procedures, and a researcher
should be able to do the same as well. I am also convinced that contemporary
technologies allow bringing teaching to a new level.
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov