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Sonia Paban

Associate Professor

Physics Department

UT Austin

I teach a subject well when students are not only able to answer numerical questions correctly, but also can tackle conceptual questions.

I am successful when I spark their curiosity and motivate them to think more deeply. A barrage of studies has led me to believe that to achieve these goals a clear presentation isn't enough; students must engage with the presentation through conceptual questions and discussions with classmates and me. Students should also learn that science is continuously evolving and to what extent what they learn is set in stone or is not.