Teaching Philosophy

As an instructor, I strive to cultivate skills in my students so they may reach their full potential. I believe in transparency of pedagogy; that is, I think student should know why they are completing assignments. With this in mind, I include assignment/learning goals for major projects in my classes. In my classroom I give weight to social issues as subject matter to help my students both be better informed about things like race, class, and gender and to give them practice thinking about things that will continue to influence them throughout their lives. Current events and social issues are influential components of my curriculum. Since social issues saturate much of everyday life, I believe it is important for students to think critically about these issues as well as the modes in which the information is conveyed. I seek to emphasize research and understanding of multiple perspectives in the projects my students complete, asking them to question information presented to them in a variety of modes (from Facebook to news to academic articles) instead of allowing it to become a unquestioned part their day-to-day living.