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Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher I aim to inspire students to actively engage with learning to help them develop interests and skills that will benefit their career pursuits. I believe in the importance of addressing the learning styles and needs of all students. I am open to adaptation and interested in developing innovative learning techniques. A diverse and inclusive learning environment is paramount to fostering a healthy and equitable classroom space.

I believe it is critical to design coursework that will help students develop skills that can be implemented both inside and outside of the classroom. Through a balance of theory and production, I aim to help documentary film students develop their ability to articulate and defend ideas clearly, thoughtfully, and succinctly. Additionally, it is crucial that documentary film students grow their creativity as well as hands-on technical skills to help them expand and elevate their portfolio work. Finally, it is important to facilitate students’ development of a unique point of view and a clear vision in order to help them carve out their niche as an artist. 

Student engagement is the key to a productive classroom environment. I believe it is important to develop and maintain a variety of course materials to inspire learning that is creative, active, and interesting. In documentary film courses this may include a combination of lectures, student-led discussions and presentations, film screenings, guest artists, and active learning exercises that connect theory with practice. Additionally, I believe peer collaboration is a valuable way to inspire confidence in students and promote classroom engagement. Exercises such as think-pair-share, project collaborations, and peer teaching afford students the opportunity to take ownership of their work and to master the course material through leadership roles. Finally, I believe it is important to build student confidence in the classroom by creating an active and respectful discussion space in which students feel comfortable working through ideas with the instructor and with their peers. As the instructor, I feel it is important to actively facilitate student-led discussions and develop and maintain appropriate boundaries in the classroom. 

Designing creative course assignments and assessments is a key element of an active and interesting classroom. Developing a variety of assessments to provide well rounded evidence of student learning relieves the pressure of a make or break exam, paper, or project. These types of assessments may include in class writing and sharing exercises, reading responses due before class to ensure students are prepared to discuss, and graded check-ins before a final project is due. Varied assessments facilitate natural and frequent student check-ins which may help determine if students may be struggling or need additional support.

In the classroom I work to foster inclusive learning environments, develop creative, active, and interesting course materials and assignments, and maintain respectful and productive discussion spaces through communication and boundaries. I believe that communication is one of the most important elements of a healthy and successful classroom environment. It is critical as an instructor to communicate expectations and instructions. By fostering a learning space with clear expectations, students feel comfortable reaching out with questions or concerns and feel empowered to take their coursework to the next level. 

Teaching Experience

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Contemporary Documentary Films, Duke University, Spring 2022

Introduction to Film Studies, Duke University, Fall 2022

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