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As an educator, my teaching style centers on situated and experiential learning--a style that is, in fact, compatible with our evermore regular engagement with virtual worlds. I encourage students to begin to draw lines between the theories of social life and human history that we confront in the classroom and their daily lives. I bring two primary aims to my teaching: first, I want students to understand how the topics raised in our class can help them to identify and develop their own social, political, and intellectual agendas. Together, we evaluate the merits of questions and arguments through the cultivation of three key practices: judicious appreciation, constructive dissent, and generous critique. Second, I want to guide students toward becoming confident communicators and sophisticated thinkers by meeting them on their own terms but maintaining high (yet, achievable) expectations. In turn, I expect my students to hold me to an equally high standard.


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