James Batcho, PhD

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Teaching

Teaching is a process of learning. In my eleven years of teaching experience, I have come to learn valuable lessons about the similarities and differences one encounters teaching in the United States, South Korea and China. Regarding similarities, one must first realize that no student is completely similar to any other. One cannot enter a teaching environment assuming that an Asian student has X characteristics while an American student tends toward Y. Each individual is an individual, and with widening access to global cultures, any student is more likely than not going to rupture any professor’s preconceived notions. A student brings a wealth of various experiences, memories, ambitions and ideologies that come forth and contribute to classroom dynamics. Often this emerges in ways that are not immediately apparent, and any western-schooled professor must be attuned to the subtle gestures—both artistic and behavioral—in which each individual is expressing his or her individuality.