From: Dave Scott
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Date: 03 Oct 1996
While I chose Computer Science as my official major, I've always also been interested in Psychology and education. One of my science teachers in high school had a profound influence on me, and I've always wanted to be able to pass on some of those positive experiences to others. Consequently I've spent the last couple of years tutoring for computer literacy classes at UCSC. I also like kids a lot, having been around them my entire life because my mother ran a day-care center out of our house. Psych 101 seemed like the perfect capper to my college education, combining many of these interests.
I hope to take out of this class a better understanding of the educational process. After twenty years as a student I've suffered under more ineffectual teachers than I thought possible. Hopefully, we can work together using our knowledge of Psychology to develop new methods of teaching to students of all ages. I am also quite appalled at the state of scientific literacy among the citizens of this planet, and I believe this would be a good opportunity to spread my pro-science propaganda to blossoming minds.
I hope that I can make a significant contribution to this class, mainly because I know a lot about computers and the Internet. But I also have experience with teaching and baby-sitting (which have more in common than we would like to think).
"Experience is a tough teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson afterwards."