Martin Camps (Spanish)
For me teaching is a process of encouraging students to make connections between their own experiences and the subject matter at hand. The role of a teacher is to be a facilitator; teachers should enable students to become responsible for their own learning. Yet, students learn in different ways and the teacher has a responsibility to explore different ways of presenting material so as to target the many different learning styles of the students. Technology is important in the classroom since it is a vehicle for instruction and can be an invaluable tool for addressing different learning styles. In my language classes I use blackboard and other resources on the Internet.
The classroom atmosphere should be one of open, relaxed communication where students feel free to express themselves in their own words and experiment with the new language they are learning.
Associate Professor of Spanish
Martin is a respected and published poet in Mexico. Here is his new book (click image to read a poem):