## Vladimir Lifschitz: Teaching

### Spring 2014

CS 311: Discrete Math for Computer Science,
TTh 12:30-2, GDC 2.216.
CS 388L: Introduction to Mathematical Logic,
TTh 3:30-5, GDC 4.304.

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

(Chinese proverb.)

Rather than knowing the correct rules of thought theoretically, one must
have them assimilated into one's flesh and blood ready for instant and
instinctive use. Therefore, for the schooling of one's powers of thought
only the practice of thinking is really useful.

The imparting of factual knowledge is for us a secondary consideration.
Above all we aim to promote in the reader a correct attitude, a certain
discipline of thought.

If you are unable to solve a problem, you should not despair. The "Socratic
method of teaching" does not aim at drilling people in giving quick answers,
but to educate by means of questions.

(From *Problems and Theorems in Analysis* by Pólya and
Szegö.)

Teaching by the
Moore method

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