I believe it is my goal as an instructor of psychology
to encourage interest in the subject and to encourage students to
think critically and scientifically. In class, I strive to develop
these skills through student research projects, writings, and discussion.
I try to make my classes creative by providing information in various
formats such as lectures, demonstrations, and group projects.
As an instructor, it is my responsibility to present
the course material in an interesting and informative manner. I strive
to do this by presenting the key concepts in psychology, clarifying
these concepts by providing examples, and highlighting important issues.
My students, in return, are expected to put effort into mastering
the material in my class. My students take an active part in class
by discussing and sharing their points of view. I try to create an
atmosphere of trust where students feel comfortable taking part in
the discussion. I facilitate this activity by asking questions, and
I try to get everyone involved in the answers.
I recognize that students come to college from a variety
of backgrounds and with varying levels of preparation. Though I acknowledge
and respect my students’ differences, I also hold each student
to a uniform standard of excellence. While I am fair and consistent
when complications arise, I expect my students to accept responsibility
for their education and to be in class every day, on time and prepared.
I believe that all students have the ability to succeed, and I set
high expectations for them to meet.
Finally, I strive to be enthusiastic, approachable,
and responsive toward my students. I believe this encourages them
to feel excited about the subject and interested in learning.