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My Teaching Philosophy

'The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra.' J. Johnson


I am a firm believer in active learning, and I try to get 'that little bit extra' out of each of my students: encouraging them to critically engage with both the material and their peers. I feel that it is my responsibility as an educator to inspire and empower students to achieve their maximum potential by creating a comfortable environment condusive to learning.

Over the course of both my masters and doctoral studies I have concentrated on developing my teaching portfolio instead of submitting my work for publication. Consequently I have experience working on four different modules in European History ranging in time periods from medieval to modern. The links on the left hand side of this page contain detailed descriptions of each of the modules I have been involved with, as well as testimonials from course directors and students.

In addition to teaching in the university setting, I have also lived in Japan for two years where I worked for a private ESL school, which helped me relate more effectively with foreign and mature students as well as allowing me to develop a number of different teaching methodologies that could easily be applied in a university setting.