Teaching philosophy



My teaching practice is committed to the principles of active learning, and I will always enhance a lecture or class with individual or group activities, roleplay or simulation games. I am responsible for running and developing a variety of simulation games for the department, and think they are excellent tools for deep learning that should be used more widely.
My teaching philosophy is student-centred in that I try to guide students from whatever their starting point is at the beginning of the course towards the goals of the course at the end of it, and align my teaching to ensure this happens. I also work hard to create curiosity and make students engage with the material by making it explicit why the topic of a lecture is interesting, and how it relates to the wider issues discussed in a course.
It is important for me to create a safe learning environment where students feel their contributions and questions are welcomed. Within that safe environment, student shall build the confidence to develop and express their own opinions and critique the academic literature they are presented with. In particular, I expose my students to primary sources and use my history background to show students how to work with such documents, and build a habit of looking at key sources for themselves instead of just relying on what one academic said about it.
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