Teaching Philosophy

Regardless of subject or setting, my teaching philosophy is grounded in three core principles:

  • Everyone can learn.

  • There is no shame in not knowing. The shame is in not being open to knowing.

  • Learning is a lifelong pursuit that enriches the student, teacher, and communities in which both reside.
     

My teaching philosophy is guided by five C's - critical thinking, competence, creativity, collaboration (community), and compassion. I believe the knowledge one gains from a quality education is invaluable. At the core of my teaching philosophy is the belief that everyone can learn. Additionally, I believe learning is both perpetual and ubiquitous. We can learn anything from anyone anywhere at any time. Therefore, I create learning experiences that reflect the tapestry of life, pulling from the worlds that exist within and beyond the classroom.

As a teacher, I define my role as that of a facilitator of learning. In that role I see myself as a link in a concatenation of lifelong learning experiences. Therefore, my duty is to help my students establish a foundation of knowledge on which they can continue to build throughout their lives. I take an integrative approach to better facilitate learning, application, and retention of new concepts. I am a hands-on, learner-centered teacher, and I never tire of seeing the proverbial light bulb turn on when my students can assimilate new concepts or unearth talents that they did not think they possessed.

As a writing teacher, I am aware that I am often a bridge that connects what my students have learned to what they can learn. Therefore, I work to dispel myths and break down the barriers that they have been allowed to erect about writing. By the end of my writing courses, my ultimate goal is for my students to grow in competence and confidence as writers so that they can harness the power of the written word as an amazing medium for external and internal communication in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

With students at the Little Prince School in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.

“When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.”
– Zen Proverb

Editorial Philosophy

My editorial philosophy is centered in the belief that the purpose of editing is improvement. My role as a content editor is not to rewrite but to guide revision by providing an informed perspective. Revision is a process that engages critical thinking and reflection. Rather than correct, I suggest.

 

My process involves engaging the writer on a deeper level to think more critically about the presentation of their ideas and to reflect on the purpose of the work. I bring the same approach to my work as a writing coach, where I support writers of all levels at every stage of the writing process from invention to final revision.

As a copy editor and proofreader, my mission is to correct and polish so that the writer’s best efforts shine through without the distraction of errors.

My editorial projects have included textbooks, novels, memoirs, brochures, websites, ad copy, dissertations, feature articles, and scholarly papers.

 

 

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"Revision and editing is the thinking person's game."

Monique W. Morris