Jae eun Yoon

Upper School Math; Math Curriculum Leader

jyoon@morganparkacademy.org

B.S., Seoul National University
M.A., Yonsei University

Q&A

How do you inspire students to enjoy learning?

I believe that self-confidence through the experience of success and learning how to learn are essential for students to keep learning spontaneously.

A teacher needs to create a comfortable environment in which each individual is taken into account. If a teacher expects the same results from students despite the differences of their potential and effort needed for achievement, students may become embarrassed, lose their self-confidence, and consequently become discouraged.

In addition, a teacher should mediate efficiently between learning materials and learners so that students can reach the goal successfully. By focusing on developing thinking skills, and not merely acquiring knowledge, students are able to learn more. I hope my students ultimately become intrinsically motivated learners.

What is the most important life lesson you want students to learn in your class?

In a broad sense, education aims to help students identify and develop their true potential. As a teacher, I believe that each student can fulfill his or her potential.

If I narrow down this from the perspective of a math teacher, I really want them to learn through math how to resolve the problematic situations in their life rather than to simply absorb knowledge itself. Math is all about how to solve the problem by organizing the given information and thinking in a logical and reasonable manner to reach the solution. Such cognitive skills will help them succeed in their careers and throughout life.