In my courses, students don’t just strive toward mastery of knowledge in an academically rigorous classroom, but learn how to learn within a creative, self-generated framework built upon three key components: multiple learning modalities, democracy, and community.
Classes are comprised of student-generated questions. We think aloud together developing discourse built upon critical close analysis. We work in groups to prepare projects ranging from community-wide symposiums to student-generated discussions: sharing our ideas with our extended community so we are prepared to actively engage with issues important and relevant to our society as a whole.
My courses appeal to all learning modalities with assessments that span tactile, visual, cultural and audio expression. By learning to learn within the scope of their own learning styles, students are able to approach all new material within a framework which best allows them to assimilate new information. Learning becomes a process rather than merely a vacuous list of hollow knowledge. Additionally, I believe students learn best in a safe environment. As a community, I ask that students avoid disparaging comments regarding race, religion, sex, gender, culture and politics.
Students assume full responsibility for creation and authorship of their work, looking to outside sources, choosing primary texts over secondary sources, keeping in mind that plagiarism includes borrowing an author's or artist's ideas as well as the order in which he/she presents them. In research-driven activities, students give credit where credit is due and assimilate as much information as possible in the process.