One of the things I like best about teaching is the potential relationship
developed between student and teacher. I enjoy conversing with students
in and outside of class about their academic and non-academic interests.
Because I value the development of relationships, I enjoy teaching classes where there are
opportunities for students to analyze the application of concepts to their own lives. I try
to provide class discussion time for students to share insights learned about themselves
related to the academic area of study I'm teaching. Even in upper-division and graduate classes, where
there is much more emphasis on theory and research, I make opportunities for the practical
application of such ideas for the students' personal and professional lives. In doing so,
I find that every semester I learn from the students and get to broaden my own
horizons as well.
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