Associate Professor of English & Director of the Cornerstone Honors Degree Program
Tarrant County College Northeast Campus
I approach teaching with the enthusiasm of a discoverer. I also encourage this sense of discovery within all the students with whom I work. Because we all have differing backgrounds and learning experiences, I am continuously challenged to discover new and innovative approaches to my teaching to appeal to the students’ diverse learning styles and abilities. Because I believe taking intellectual risks while maintaining rigor is inherent in true learning, I emphasize both risk taking and rigor to all my students. Furthermore, I also believe that as we learn, we all have a moral imperative to share our knowledge and discoveries with others.
Fundamental to my teaching philosophy and underlying the various activities I design for my students is critical thinking. Perhaps it’s because of my undergraduate minor in philosophy, but I like to employ the Socratic method to guide my students into deeper and increasingly complex levels of thought and to recognize patterns and connections through questioning and doubting. I am an ardent believer in teaching and modeling critical thinking and self-assessment skills, and I readily enforce the idea that critical thinking involves disciplined thinking. I believe the development of critical thinking skills is essential to a solid college education and to engaged citizenry.
I am a proponent of utilizing technology and a sense of play in the classroom and as learning tools. Thus, I have used and continue to use video, webpage design, social media, notably Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Google+, podcasts, blogs, vlogs, and games. Since my 1992 initiation to The Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment, I have seen the benefits of technology in the classroom. I have since come to believe that the computer classroom, assorted digital technologies, and learning through play hold incredible potential in reaching out to students and inviting them to take ownership of their own education.
Banner image is of the Redemption Rock in Princeton, Massachusetts, site of the ransom negotiation of Mary Rowlandson from her Native American captors in 1676. Image was uploaded by Wikimedia Commons user Sfoskett.
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