My Teaching Philosophy
“Why do we have to learn this?” The oft-asked, oft-dreaded question. I believe that teachers should strive to create learning environments where students can answer this question for themselves. This is a central, guiding principle of my teaching philosophy. Content should always be presented in an authentic context with concrete connections to real world problems and scenarios outside of the classroom. I have seen how much greater students will engage with content and learn more deeply when they “see the point”, when they know the “why.” Put simply, I believe that application of content is critical to supporting effective learning; a belief that is evidence-based. Upholding this central principle are three “pillars” or beliefs for what constitutes effectively designed and implemented learning:
- Authentic learning is facilitated through intentional design decisions and results in deep learning with greater application and transfer outside of the classroom.
- Transparency and responsiveness of course design promotes student ownership of the learning process which increases engagement.
- Respect for each student’s background and personal goals is foundational to the design and delivery of a course.
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