My goal in teaching all of my courses is to communicate the excitement and enjoyment of doing physics and prepare students for tackling new problems, rather than memorizing the received knowledge. I like combining traditional successful teaching techniques with new ones, like active learning methods. I encourage students working in groups. Research has shown that when students work in groups, everyone benefits. Those that know the material already actually learn it more deeply by having to explain the concepts. The other students in a group benefit from having explanations from a peer. I have an open door policy for all of the students in my classes. Beyond the classroom, having students conduct independent research is a great way to engage them in the process of science. I have 1-2 undergraduate students working with me on research projects at all times.