Category Archives: Teaching Philosophy

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

In my mind, teaching should provide opportunities for multiple types of learning that unfold in response to how students enter the classroom (or engage the digital space). I like to use the phrase, “Filling the Chalkboard,” to capture my perspective, … Continue reading

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Question Roll 1: Building Community

Rather than a traditional roll merely asking students whether they’re present, I pose a different question to each student to begin class. “What’s something you’ve learned so far this semester?” “What was your favorite breakfast as a kid?” “What’s something … Continue reading

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How do you justify including an element in a college course? (or a Summer Goal)

I’ve been thinking about what justifies including an element (a reading, section, assessment, exercise, etc.) in a course. My first thought: each item must relate directly to learning outcomes. But that can’t be right, can it? After all, we spend … Continue reading

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Motivating the Problem of Evil

“Should everything you read be fun?” Students have trouble caring about the traditional Problem of Evil: whether God should have created an evil-free universe. And while discussions of free will do pique their interest, they distract from the truly motivating … Continue reading

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Sample Philosophy Essay Prezi for Teaching Essay-Writing

A really nice sample essay Prezi you can use in your class: Linky It explains a sample that includes exegesis and evaluation and focuses on the things students seem to miss most: that the introduction should be about the essay … Continue reading

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Service-Learning in Introduction to Ethics (or Henckell’s Opportunity)

“I have often been asked by students, ‘Did I pass?’ but never have I been asked, ‘Did I learn?’” * -Martha Henckell 1. Earning before Learning Henckell argues that there is an opportunity in realizing that students tend to rank … Continue reading

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Soul Mates and Metaphysics

I like the phrase, “Pave a Path” for thinking about teaching, and when it comes time to talk about metaphysics, there’s a particular discussion that allows students to see a connection between what we’re doing in the classroom and what … Continue reading

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