Reflecting on your teaching and learning experiences:

Before beginning this module, take a few moments to reflect on your personal teaching and learning experiences. The following questions will help guide you through this process.

Be sure to save your answers within your notebook so you can refer to them over time to see how they are evolving.

Reflecting on your teaching style:

We all have preferences. Some appear to be genetic.Others are based on what we have experienced. For example, at some point during your medical education, you encountered a clinician who had an interpersonal style you tried to emulate.

Although we all have preferences about how we teach, we can modify these to help us better meet the needs of a particular student. For example, if you have a student with a very poor knowledge base about a particular topic related to a patient, asking the student how they would manage this patient is probably fruitless until the student understands some basic factual material. This might be addressed through a more directive line of questioning from you; you might choose to relay certain factual material in lieu of questioning; or you might suggest that the student review certain reference material before speaking with you.

You need to be able to assess the student's situation and modify your approach to the student in order to maximize the educational encounter. In order to do this, you need to have a basic understanding of your own tendencies and a repertoire of approaches from which you can draw.

Module 2: Teaching and Learning Styles