This is a photo of two stone lanterns and a small boat emerging out of the fog on the West Lake in Hangzhou, China.

When I look at the photo above I remember these lanterns suddenly appearing out of the fog on a very dreary day in Hangzhou, China. It seemed a good metaphor for what I think teaching should be. Much of my teaching involves seminars and thesis supervision. I also currently teach the following courses:

ED6909 - Narrative Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Research:

This course will draw on literature, film, autobiography and popular culture as well as more traditional theoretical texts to examine the role of the narrative imagination in teaching, learning and research. Teaching and learning are broadly defined and the course may be useful to anyone with an interest in education, and/or in oral history, autobiography or narrative inquiry. Course participants will explore the socio-historical, cultural and personal “imaginative backgrounds” they bring to teaching, learning and research. A narrative approach will provide a means of relating imaginative and intellectual work to personal experience and its socio-historic context.

ED6394 - Biographical Explorations of Teaching and Learning

Course participants will reflect on lives as teachers and learners through reading, viewing and listening to a range of creative works (music, visual art, drama, literary writing, media pieces) that explore themes in teaching and learning. As they do so, they will also each develop a creative piece in the medium of their choice. The creative pieces will be presented in a public forum presentation at the end of the course. This course is offered as an optional culminating course for students on the all-course Master’s program in Education.

ED2040 Basic Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to help students develop confidence through self-expression, and acquire skills in interpersonal relationships.

ED4621 Using Environmental Design to Transform Teaching and Learning

School experiences are shaped by adults and peers but also by the environment in which they take place. This course considers ways to use design to transform teaching and learning. Topics include sustainable schools, schoolyard revitalization, inclusive learning environments, community based learning, school kitchens and gardens, designs to encourage fitness and physical activity, developing the senses, and basic needs such as safety, air quality and wanted/unwanted sound.

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