Central Penn College - Harve Tannenbaum


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Harve Tannenbaum
Assoc. Professor, Information Technology

What would you say is the most rewarding thing about teaching "You Can. You Will." students at Central Penn?

The most rewarding thing about teaching students is that "aha" moment when the light goes on and they suddenly understand some complex concept. It is rewarding because the sudden understanding isn't just a flash of inspiration - it is the result of a long process of building a strong foundation of basic principles and developing increasing complex concepts based on that foundation. The "aha" moment is when all those little pieces finally come together.

What do students like the most about the courses you teach?

The thing that students appreciate most about my teaching is that I am very good with creating simple explanations for rather complex ideas. To my mind, it is all about understanding the fundamentals. A good example is Internet addressing schemes which require both a physical and a logical address. It is just like addressing a regular piece of mail to your grandmother. The street address is the physical address because it identifies a specific house on a specific street. The problem is that isn't enough information to deliver the mail. It isn't enough because it doesn't tell us what city or state to look for. The city and state on the letter is the logical address because it identifies where to go to find the physical address. It is those types of analogies, comparing something new to a concept that is already familiar, makes it easier to understand. And that is what students like most about my teaching.

What would you say to a prospective "You Can. You Will." student considering Central Penn College?

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States said: "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." The way I interpret that it is the fear of failure keeps us from success because we don't even try. How do you know that you can't do it, until you try. That are lots of things you can do, but you won't know that until you make the effort and try. And if you make the effort, you may be surprised at what your are capable of doing.

Clarion University, BS Education

University of Pittsburgh, MLS (Masters Library Science)