I believe that the college experience is more than learning content in preparation for a career. It is a time to learn about oneself and gain a broader understanding of the world around us. I encourage my students to consider how each lesson relates to their own lives and how they can use this knowledge to improve themselves and grow.
For example, lessons about personality theory become so much more meaningful when students can apply the theories to analyzing their own personalities. They become even more purposeful when we discuss how we can celebrate differences in our personalities rather than just tolerate them.
It is one thing to study a subject intellectually, but when we appreciate it emotionally, we can begin to truly understand its impact and significance. I incorporate action-based learning activities that allow students to apply what they are learning. This not only reinforces content, but more importantly can foster a greater appreciation for how we can positively impact our world.