As a department chair, I love that I get to visit the classrooms of other teachers on a regular basis each year. I am always amazed at how knowledgeable and approachable our teachers are and how much I can learn from just one visit. In addition, I am often struck by their passion.
As Director of Interim Term, I love that I get to work with colleagues from across the pillars and that I have an opportunity to bring other colleagues together for interdisciplinary classes. It is really wonderful to see students recognize that what they learn in one course—math, for example—can have applications in a completely different field—photography or art, for example. They come to understand that the world is not compartmentalized.
I think students need to be willing to ask a teacher, “How do we know that idea is true?” and “Why do I need to know this idea?” A student who is willing to think critically, ask challenging questions, and focus on the topics of any class with purpose will be successful.
My favorite topic to teach in Psychology I and AP Psychology has to be Social Psychology—how we deal with other people and what makes us act differently in social situations. I have students who realize that they aren’t as weird as they thought they were and that people in general have much more in common than they realized.