My teaching most closely follows the writings of Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator who developed critical pedagogy:
Teachers are facilitators, not authority figures
Students are learners who already have real-life experiences
Knowledge is something that is negotiated, contextual, and claimed, not deposited in the head.
With this in mind I involve students in exercises that encourage independent, creative thought. As a teacher, my goal is to get the students to “do” rather than simply absorb. In my classes I also want students to think beyond the theoretical to real-life applications. How will they come to use this in the real world?
Courses I’m teaching:
Assistant Professor of Ecological Engineering
Stewart Anthony waller diemont
State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
Syracuse, New York
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210