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Thoughts on Teaching
I am very grateful for the privilege of teaching and learning with students for the past 15 years. I have learned that there is no one way to teach a course, because every class of students is different. I assess the skills that my students bring to the classroom through various assessment tools. Additionally, I pay particular attention to questions they ask, and the needs they reveal. Perhaps my greatest strength is my flexibility in meeting the specific needs of my students.
The best learning is provided by a well-designed educational experience. Enhancing course materials with personal and professional experience, seeking additional outside resources, and asking students to do the same increases the academic rigor of the curriculum. The most effective learners are empowered learners. I encourage students to learn relevant vocabulary in their field and to select topics that are interesting to them for their project based learning experience. Then, I encourage them to critically think about their interests in relationship to the course material, program goals, and learning outcomes. This sets the pace for independent critical thinking practices and life-long learning .