My mission as a teacher is to enable my students to learn joyfully,
read carefully, think clearly, and write well.
My experience is that college students are usually great
at ingesting facts and regurgitating them. Usually this
is all that high school and college courses ask. However,
developing a deep understanding of a subject requires much
more. Students need to cultivate their creativity along
with their critical thinking. To focus my teaching efforts,
I have identified four skills I want to facilitate in my
Joyfully I knew this was a key part of the
educational process, but it took me a while to pin
down what this meant and how to teach it. My research
convinced me that helping students find their mission,
develop their skills, and manage their anxiety would
help them share the "pleasure of finding things
out" that physicist Richard Feynman described.
Carefully While most begin to learn to read
early in our lives, I would contend that careful reading
is a skill that can be developed over the course of
our entire lives.
Clearly There are so many different ways
to think about a problem. Learning a variety of approaches
and developing intuitions about when to use each is
life long project.
Well The traditional method of teaching
writing is essentially deductive. Students are encouraged
to begin with a thesis, look for supporting arguments,
and then collect supporting evidence. I teach a seven-step
inductive writing process that I contend is more efficient
are results in arguments with greater support and coherence.
The specific domains that I am currently pursuing my teaching
mission in are:
Science 100M Political Psychology