Field Course in Modern and Ancient Environments taught with Sue Kidwell and Michael LaBarbera


Effective teaching extends beyond the classroom and requires dedication and effort from both the instructor and the students. When teaching, I strive to develop a community that encourages curiosity and supports scholarship in students. Once a community is established within a classroom, students begin to trust and teach one another, ultimately achieving a deeper understanding of concepts.

Science is often presented as an exercise in rote memorization, but in practice it is a creative process that involves critical thinking. Although lesson plans often contain content goals, there are skills that students should learn that transcend any one classroom. I communicate short- and long-term learning goals to students and use a variety of interactive teaching techniques to promote reflection and self-assessment. I challenge students to succeed in the classroom, as well as to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom.

I am passionate about teaching and always on the lookout for new lessons, approaches, and perspectives. Please be in touch if you have something to share!

Teaching resources:

  • Institute for Science and Engineering Educators (ISEE)
  • American Society of Geoscience Educators (NAGT)
  • Student Education Initiative (SEI) at Univ. of Colorado Boulder
  • The Cutting Edge (SERC)