My teaching experiences have led me to realize the importance of developing a thorough teaching philosophy. The most effective way to engage students in the classroom is through a student-centered approach. To me, that means understanding what their expectations are, what they value, and how content I teach can impact their lives beyond the classroom. Flexible deadlines, emphasising qualitative feedback, encouraging vulnerability and risk-taking in their work, and demonstrating mindfulness are some of the ways I practice my student-centered approach. Putting the students’ needs and expectations first allows me to provide more engaging, diverse lectures while also empowering students to be more active in their participation.
Being responsive and open-minded to student’s needs has continuously helped me to be a better teacher and my students to enjoy the course more. Students I have taught have gone on to win awards in my department, even referencing their experiences in my class as a reason they love communication as a major. These experiences have been rewarding and I plan to continue improving my teaching by prioritize creating more inclusive environments and curriculums, and supporting students in their academic pursuits.
Michgan State University
- COM 240 Introduction to Organizational Communication*
- COM 100 Human Communication
The Ohio State University
- COMM 2367 Persuasive Communication
- COMM 2540 Introduction to Communication Technology*
- COMM 3440 Mass Communication and Society*
- COMM 3554 Social Implications of Communication Technology*
- COMM 3668 Intercultural Communication*
Resources I’ve used for decolonizing my classroom
These are some resources that have helped me re-think what an inclusive classroom means and my role in creating that space.