"Just as the brilliance of the diamond is revealed by the skillful use of the chisel, so too will the beauties of the human mind be revealed through knowledge." -Masonic Teachings
Ever since I began my undergraduate studies, I've had an interest in the method and practice of teaching. I've always wondered at how it's possible to learn something from someone or how you can get someone to learn something from you. I've held various roles concerning the implementation of good pedagogical practices where such activities varied from facilitating group study sessions for university-level courses to designing a transition program for high school students entering their first year of university.
But more recently, as a philosophy graduate student (who must teach philosophy to undergraduate students in the capacity of an instructor and teaching assistant) I've become more interested in ways in which students can appreciate the significance of lessons from philosophical works while being relevant to contemporary problems and issues they deal with.
Being aware of the fact that many students come from diverse backgrounds (whether this be academic, social, economic, etc.), I design my courses with the aim of reaching out and connecting to all students. I think students begin to appreciate the value of philosophy when they can see that it's relevant to them. That's what I plan to do: make philosophy relevant to them.
Syllabus and Courses:
This is a sample syllabus of a first year course I'm teaching called Contemporary Moral Issues.
I've also had the privilege of being a teaching assistant for many wonderful professors for a wide variety of courses.
University of Miami
PHI344: Philosophy of Mind, Spring 2018
Magdalena Balcerak Jackson
PHI340: Theory of Knowledge, Fall 2017
PHIL250: Metaphysics & Epistemology, Fall & Spring 2016-2017
University of Toronto
PHL105: Introduction to Philosophy, Fall & Spring 2015-2016