For the Love of Teaching
My joy and enthusiasm for teaching comes from interacting with students who expect to be challenged, and collaborating with colleagues and students who share the belief that we, as agents of social change, have a responsibility to disavow oppressive attitudes and advocate for social justice.
A large part of a program’s success is in the preparation of teachers and the need for those of us in teacher education to take ownership for the product we produce. I take pride in helping my students from various backgrounds, experiences and learning propensities go out in the world and get high outcomes.
Teaching is a great, eclectic and evolving field. I am proud to be part of it and enjoy discussing educational psychology perspectives and applications with my students and esteemed colleagues. If an "I ♥ educational psychology” bumper sticker becomes available, I would get it!
My favorite part of coming to work each day is the opportunity to teach my students and learn from them at the same time.
Teaching is a complex activity that is the merging of content, instructional strategies, and relationships. It is the instructor’s responsibility to use these three areas and create a relevant and meaningful learning environment that motivates students to learn.
I chose to focus on learning and teaching in urban environments because I felt that I needed to give back to my community.