When I began teaching I always put knowledge first, then the student and finally the institution.
HOWEVER, there has been a major change if not paradigm shift in my thinking now it is STUDENT FIRST…
Challenge, empower, and judiciously guide the student then the rest will follow…The knowledge will flow and the institution will grow and so will the educator i.e. a virtuous circle.
I now appreciate why the founder of Bose, Dr. Amar G. Bose, who was also a Professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used to mix his classes with all abilities and push them hard. Consequently all the class dramatically improved even the students who were perceived to be 'mediocre'. BOSE continue to give back…
Enjoy! : )