What we are passionate about, we excel. For me lately, it is the excitement of the college classroom, humming with discussion, experimentation, interaction and activity. I am passionate about my craft. The flipped, hybrid model is my preference although I am always working at making my online class more human as I try to duplicate the dynamics that keep students engaged.
Past students have described my courses as “heavy in theory” and “at the doctoral level”. That is not exactly true. I am a practitioner, however, I believe one has to support insights, thoughts and ideas with theory and framework in all venues of our lives. However, it is the application of research to practice that is the most important. I want my students to become critical thinkers, turning scholarly work upside down and inside out.
Most all assignments I give are based on problem-based learning. It can be intentional chaos and messy, however, I feel students need to “practice” solving real-world problems in a safe environment where they can take risks. I promote creativity and a design thinking approach and mindset with a lean towards best practice.
This is my philosophy … this is MY classroom, of which I am very proud.