Verbal Answers to "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit | Summary and Q&A

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December 29, 2011
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Verbal Answers to "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit

TL;DR

Sal Khan answers questions about teaching tips, his favorite subjects, video creation process, education reform, and more.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What tips do you have for new teachers?

Sal suggests talking with students, treating them as equals, and showing passion for the subject to create a positive learning environment.

Q: What is your favorite subject to teach?

Sal mentions that his interests vary but currently enjoys teaching about agriculture, finding it as interesting as other subjects he has covered.

Q: How long does it take you to create a tutorial video?

The time needed to create a video depends on the complexity of the topic. For straightforward examples, Sal does them in real-time. Deeper explorations may require hours of research and preparation.

Q: How do you motivate inner-city students to enjoy learning?

Sal acknowledges that motivating apathetic students is challenging and suggests embracing a self-directed learning approach and allowing students to set goals for themselves.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Sal Khan shares tips for new teachers, emphasizing the importance of talking with students, treating them as equals, and showing passion for the subject.

  • He discusses how his interest in subjects deepens as he starts to explore them, mentioning his recent fascination with agriculture.

  • Sal explains his video creation process, which varies depending on the complexity of the topic, and highlights the importance of intuition and passion in teaching.

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