Teaching Philosophy

Here are my teaching goals, followed by some approbatory comments by a student.

Community in the classroom matters:

  • Knowing everyone’s name
  • Facilitating communication between diverse students
  • Facilitating exchange of knowledge between students, not just faculty and students
  • Safe to ask questions

Predictability in the classroom matters:

  • Guided notes provided in advance
  • Advance notice on assignments and due dates
  • Practice tests

Creativity in the classroom matters:

  • Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in Statistics
  • Paper airplanes in Trigonometry
  • Lifting weights in College Algebra

“Thanks so much for the wonderful Statistics class –

I never thought I’d ever say those words, but I was really impressed with how much I enjoyed the challenge and the new ideas you presented in our class. Even the goofy math jokes were something to look forward to after a while and I really enjoyed your enthusiasm, your tight grasp of the subject being presented and your friendly demeanor throughout the course. Thanks so much for making it a challenge – I really feel I earned my grade with some very hard work! I was never a ‘math person.’ You did a fantastic job… you are an excellent teacher!”

~K. E., 2015

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