The Alan J. Perlis SCS Student Teaching Award|
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
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The Love TheoremSang Tian
2013 Undergraduate Student Teaching Award
Theorem: Students are more than thinkers who deserve to be taught. They are humans who deserve to be loved.
I find that the most effective way to prove this theorem is to actually live it out. In fact, I believe that my efforts to do so are the key ingredient to being a good teacher - not my expertise in computer science, nor my articulation skills, nor my ability to make good course notes or PowerPoints, but my desire to unconditionally love my students. Over the years, I have developed the following four lemmas for proving this theorem:
Lemma: Sacrifice yourself. Good teaching and steadfast love require constant sacrifices. For example:
Lemma: Humble yourself. Students won't approach you if they think that you'r e too good for them. Instead, be their friend! Try the following:
Lemma: Be thankful! If any good can come from me, it is because others have empowered me first. In particular, I thank:
Corollary: When students are loved, they can be empowered to love others.
The beautiful thing about the Love Theorem is that it is designed to propagate. I would consider my teaching at CMU a success if my students can think, "Hey! I'm not at CMU just to work my butt off! There are people around me going through similar trials and ordeals. I can be loving them! This is why I love my students. They are more than just my students. They are my friends, my joy, my "children" whom I have had the privilege to inspire and to love. I am satisfied when I see them growing and smiling, knowing that not only have they learned more computer science, but also that they have gained new insight into life, that to be a computer scientist, they need to be first and foremost human, living and breathing, loving and caring, smiling, eager to pass onto others the joys of life, from now 'til forever.
Q.E.D. and Amen
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