Teaching


In 2008 I quit my job as an attorney in Kansas City & moved to Shanghai to teach legal English.  This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  In teaching–particularly the teaching of writing–I found my vocation.  In the years since, I’ve taught in the United States, Europe & Asia.  I’ve worked with native & non-native English speakers, from college freshman to post-graduates.

My approach to teaching emphasizes provocation over dictation.  No matter the subject, I believe that we learn best when we see ourselves as active agents.  As such, I’m careful not to tell students how or what to think.  Instead, whether teaching undergrads or doctoral students, I strive to work with & through each individual’s specific needs, interests & talents.  The goal, in every case, is to find where learners are & push them a little further.  In other words, as a teacher, I arrange the kindling, light a match & fan the flames.  How hot the fire burns is up to the student.


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