"My greatest moments as a teacher come when my students no longer need me and go out and succeed on their own."
I demonstrate a humanistic approach to teaching by modeling how to be a productive member of a learning community as I teach content, a lifelong aesthetic appreciation of art and theatre, and communication skills. Learning does not only take place in the classroom. For this reason it is important that I continually interact with and mentor students. I must demonstrate the skills, values, and attitudes I expect of my students if they are to be successful in achieving them.
My goal in exhibiting the behavior I ask my students to practice, including enthusiasm for the topic, self-discipline, respect for the ideas of others and adherence to deadlines is to foster a positive learning relationship of trust and mutual respect. I accomplish this goal by keeping four objectives in mind.
1. Cultivate a safe classroom of honesty and respect.
Learning happens best when students feel comfortable. Students are most comfortable in an environment where they feel valued and respected.
2. Make the learning process active, interactive and collaborative.
Traditional lecture courses do not tend to inspire students to interact with the subject matter. I strive to create experiential opportunities in all of my courses. My students learn about the art, process, and ideas in class and then live those ideas through practical experiences, projects and assignments.
3. Use a variety of teaching styles.
By combining discussions with Webcourses, guest speakers, videos, web sites, small group discussions and activities, I strive to teach all learners.
4. Learn from your students and other successful teachers.
Respecting student feedback and attending workshops and symposia on instructional techniques through university and professional organizations are essential aspects of my development as an educator.
Below you will find materials from some of the classes I've had the opportunity to teach. I hope you find them useful in your own classrooms. Feel free to use them and adapt them and credit me as the original source.
Shopping Handbook - these documents were developed to help our student shoppers
Local Sources Form - Used to identify local businesses that may be useful when show shopping.
Swatching Form - To ensure that students gather all important information swatching a show.
Hat & Shoe Size Conversions - useful to compare men's & women's sizes as well a international.
Receipt Log - Along with a zippered pouch should prevent or limit lost receipts.
Measurement Form - My standard actor measurement form.
Fabric & Fiber Definitions - Compiled to help students communicate with fabric store employees.