In composition courses, I follow a process approach, beginning with techniques for getting ideas (prewriting and drafting), then moving on to organizing ideas (revising), and concluding with work on formal correctness (editing).
I believe classrooms should be happy places, because people learn best when the head and the heart work together.
I believe that learning happens best when students and teachers are excited about what is being learned. We can all remember memorizing facts we didn't care about in school, and forgetting them after the test. But when information means something to us, we learn it for keeps.
Good teachers make students care, and they make students work hard too. Students sometimes use words like "fun" to describe what happens in such teachers' classrooms. But it's much more than just fun. Academic effort, hard work, and love of learning all go together.
Students are unique individuals, with varying personalities, styles,
backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. I begin every semester with
the hope that all of my students will be successful. Not all students
will succeed, but I do everything I can to see that students who want to
learn do learn. Sometimes this means extra help. That's what
I'm here for.