Through critical examinations of themselves and others, students can learn to accept difference and diversity. In my classes and consulting sessions, I choose topics that challenge their preconceptions such as social norms and the media. By understanding the reasoning and evidence behind different ideas, students acquire critical inquiry skills and the skill to build their own opinions. This process boosts confidence in them, while also cultivating flexibility and open-mindedness to new ideas.
I often meet up with my students outside the classroom. I learned that my students respond better when I take them to their comfortable places where they can be themselves: darts, billiard, karaoke, city landscape, and so on. By doing so, I can discover my students' strengths that cannot be measured academically.
Also, when organizing events, I ask my students to take charge and to be responsible for their actions. This way, they can learn leadership and teamwork.
Being Comfortable with Having No Right Answer
Students who have been taught to figure out one right answer have a difficult time tackling more complex, open-ended questions. Most my classes and seminars deal with these types of questions, immersing in deep discussions about the topic and coming up with several solutions. I can also learn new approaches to the issue from my students as well.