There is something called “teaching philosophy”. I have one: teaching is finding or creating a dark or unclear point in the learner’s mind and then, helping the learner to bring it to the light or make it clear.
It is a strange teaching philosophy and in a sharp contrast with what most people (teachers or students) think of teaching. The way it works differs from learner to learner, class to class, and subject to subject (that is why the blogging part of this site is mostly about teaching ideas). If you are lucky enough and everything goes as planned, you might receive a note from one of your students, like this one that I’ve received after one of my classes 🙂
It was very interesting since it seems that we were not learning anything new (that means, nothing new was ever told). But, in each session we were learning something new and we dealt with new concepts, though we weren’t aware of it! At the end, suddenly we have realized that we had learned a lot, and it was because the materials of each session were presented by a series of problems that we should find their answers; as a matter of fact, it was like a thread in our own hand in which using what we knew we were answering what we were about to know (it is why that I am telling nothing new was ever taught since it seemed that we knew it all that we could answer the questions, but indeed the answers themselves were the new lessons.) I think this method could be called spontaneous learning; that means we were inclined to learn without noticing. And one feels that he or she has actually learned since he or she has experienced and has found what was about to learn.