(Re)mixing My Teaching Statement
As we ask our students to communicate in multiple modes more often, there is no reason we [instructors] cannot do the same with our personal work. In particular, this section of my site is devoted to my teaching philosophy and how I integrate technology into the classroom. However, I imagine my philosophy through multiple modes. Here you can read my philosophy in writing, describing my constant blending of teaching ideology with my personal interest as a woodworking hobbyist. The metaphor of tools and technology I describe in writing are visualized in an image I created to represent my philosophy. I believe there is a lot you can learn about my teaching in just this one image.
To bring my teaching into the new media age, I repurposed my philosophy into a podcast and a video. The podcast is designed to be like a potential podcast series of teachers talking “shop.” It’s an informal approach that describes my teaching philosophy that takes advantage of the oral mode of communication. Finally, I wanted to deviate from my personal approach in my teaching and enlisted the help of some of my former students. I interviewed a few of my students to have a new perspective on how I teach. I may have a philosophy, but the true impact is what students see. Taking full advantage of digital technology, here I include a video of my interview with students describing my teaching from their perspective.
I hope you find my teaching philosophy insightful, but more importantly I hope you are inspired to reimagine your own teaching philosophy through different modes.