As a Lecturer PSOE in Developmental and Cell Biology, I have three main goals: 1) to provide undergraduate students the best educational and classroom experience possible; 2) to study how students learn in the classroom; and 3) to provide professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.
Teaching Philosophy – I want to get students excited to learn about science
This short statement sums up who I am as a teacher. Everything that I do as a teacher all comes down to the fact that I want my students (and society as a whole for that matter) to appreciate, understand, and ultimately be excited about science. I believe that student excitement and engagement are the foundation for improving scientific literacy, building solid critical thinking and analysis skills, and preparing for successful scientific and technical careers. For those students that already really like science, I want to cultivate their interests and help them prosper into the scientists, researchers, doctors, and engineers of tomorrow. I like to say that I know that I won’t ever find a cure for cancer, but maybe I will inspire a student who will someday do just that.
If you are a student in my classroom, I want you to leave every day saying “that was fun and I learned a lot!” I start every day with learning objectives, so that you know exactly what I want you to be able to do in the course. During class, you’ll be exposed to the course content through real-world situations that apply in some way to your daily lives so as to make the course material more relevant. You won’t just be sitting quietly and taking notes in my class either, I rarely lecture for more than five minutes at a time (and even when I do lecture it is more like a conversation than me speaking directly at you). Rather you will be actively engaged in the learning process and applying your knowledge by answering clicker questions, working with your classmates to brainstorm or solve problems, or drawing on the board. I do all of this for a reason, and that reason is that tons of research has shown that you will learn more if taught this way! I guarantee you’ll have at least a little bit of fun too!Continue Reading →