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Ayat Jebril Nashwan

Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”
—Margaret Fuller

My belief is that proper context in instruction produces optimum learning outcomes. Therefore, I incorporate that belief into my teaching strategies. The classroom climate is central to students’ learning. I emphasize each student’s role and his or her unique contributions to be made to a collective learning process that spans an entire semester and beyond, even in subsequent classes. I view teaching and learning as dynamic processes that involves every member of the classroom working together to create a learning environment that fosters higher-level thinking skills, respect for varying perspectives, and the ability to integrate theory and practice. My ultimate vision as a higher education instructor is to be the role model who comes to student’s minds after a long period of time when they are asked the question: “Who was your favorite teacher?” I would like to be this teacher, who lives in their minds and memories, and decide that they want to be “just like her!”

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Sociology — Taught in Jordan, face-to-face.
  • Arabic and Islamic Civilization — Taught in Jordan, face-to-face.
  • History — Taught in Jordan, face-to-face.

Courses Taught as Teaching Assistant:

  • Social Work Practice — The University of Tennessee College of Social Work

Guest Lectures — The University of Tennessee College of Social Work

  • Cultural sensitivity in social work practice
  • Diversity and multiculturalism in social work practice
  • Social problems faced by immigrants and refugees

 

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