My Teaching Philosophy
Coming from the industry and having worked as a structural engineer, I aim to bring real-world experience into my classroom as much as possible. I find many students are afraid of engineering and put it off as scary and too complicated for them to pursue. Through project based learning, I show students THAT engineering and design can be broken down into small and easy to navigate steps. I also like to emphasize that it takes many types of personalities and a great team to solve problems.
Building Block Spotlight: Problem Solving
Problem Solving is the basis of my classroom where students are brainstorming ideas with sketches, piling on ideas as a group, and ranking and evaluating ideas within a decision matrix. I know students are using their problem solving skills effectively when they are coming up with multiple, varying solutions. Students should aim to create the best possible solution, rather than just a solution to complete the project.
What I'm Working on
- Teaching problem solving skills to my students
- Working with industry partners to align curriculum with the required technical skills and the targeted 21st century skills
- Creating more of a maker space mentality in my classroom
- Exposing students to different jobs and workplaces
- Fostering creativity and encouraging students to think outside the box