I just thought I would explain a few of the teaching principles which I hold dear.
1. Teaching should be fun. Learning should be fun. Learning feels great.
2. Languages open doors to cultures of the world. The learning potential is immeasurable. Every culture has rich cultural treasures, which can be learned and appreciated.
3. Music is a wonderful way to keep studying fun and interesting because it has spiritual value to it. It also makes unforgettable memories.
4. Language learning can be a natural joy when you're interested in the "other culture" or person. Find a language teacher you like. A good teacher is priceless asset in your life. Some people, maybe be shouldn't be teaching. Some people have a natural joy for teaching and passion for the subject matter. Those are the best teachers. The opposite kind can really hurt your impression of a subject.
5. Teaching in creative, imaginative ways can be a powerful asset. When I became "James Bondaygee" in Korea and introduced myself in that manner, students suddenly were fascinated and loved to learn.
6. While teaching, you can create a wonderful energy, like you do with music. Comedy is a wonderful art too, which can make students really happy. You can improvise humor as you teach if you like. I've had groups of students feeling "so high" and happy and they never wanted to stop class. It can be like a lovely magic.
7. Einstein is one of my biggest influences. Don't forget how Einstein values creativity and imagination over knowledge. Learn to be creative and original. Don't be afraid to be yourself. I see a lot of that in Korea. Don't be scared of being different or choosing a career that is different from what your parents' expect. Your true passions are the keys to your own inner genius! Passions are spiritual in nature and provide and unlimited supply of natural energy and enthusiasm.
Take it from Einstein:
c1933….Albert Einstein plays in trio on the S. S. Deutchland on his way to America.
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”