My goal is to prepare students to be global citizens. My teaching prepares informed, engaged, and critical information consumers through classroom experiences that build practical, technical, and knowledge-based skills.
My hope is that students in my classes transition from mechanical interactions with material to actively engaged participants in knowledge creation. My goal is to bridge this gap through scaffolding, immersive instruction, active learning, and collaboration. The expectation here is to produce thinkers capable of creating and evaluating information.
I see my function as an instructor in terms of mentorship, in that my role is to facilitate collaboration amongst members of diverse groups, guide in-depth interaction with material, and create a classroom milieu in which students are engaged contributors.
Value and Self-Relevance Create Engagement
For students to be engaged with material, they need to see how it connects to their lives, how it impacts their daily routines, and/or why it is important. No one wants to learn just for the sake of knowing—we learn because we are curious or to solve problems, or in short, because it is valuable.
Interaction Extends and Enlightens
Social interaction is fundamental to developing relationships that foster learning. While an educator systemically scaffolds knowledge, in many instances, students convey complex concepts to each other in ways that extend their own and others knowledge.
High expectations have been demonstrated to enhance academic outcomes. I expect all students to succeed Students can hold me accountable for: respectful interaction, the tools and experiences needed for understanding material, to give my time and energy, and to be a mentor. I also expect the classroom to be an inclusive space that signals belonging for members of all groups.