My teaching philosophy is based on a simple premise: to teach students how to think critically. Theory based, critical, and informed thinking, I believe is a skill that can be enhanced in the classroom by motivating students to become active participants in their education through the analysis and discussion of materials. Accountability and clear expectations are also key components of my teaching philosophy. Over the past years I have come to realize that if students know from the outset what are my expectations and what they can expect from me then classroom dynamics
tend to be more fluid.
My style is laid-back, focused, disciplined and based on mutual respect. I use the assigned readings as background materials to guide and inform lecture and class discussions. I tend to encourage students to work in groups inside and outside the classroom, which forces them to talk to each other about the materials and therefore to think about the content.