Brief teaching philosophy
My overall teaching philosophy is to generate passion and admiration for knowledge, to instill students with the excitement and enthusiasm to learning. A complementary, but no less important, teaching goal of mine is to train and inspire students to think in critical ways, and to encourage them to develop the capacity for integrative and creative thinking. A measure of my success as a teacher is not just see my students remember the concepts but rather taking that information and applying it in their research. I believe that mastering these fundamental skills is necessary not only for a successful career in science, but as importantly, for life-long learning to be well-informed and productive members of society. Further, I think that learning should be fun and enjoyable, and not only be limited within the classroom. To further develop my teaching and support student learning, I integrate opportunities for reflection and feedback. Students feedback allows me to reflect and improve my teaching. I recognize that teaching and mentoring continually evolve, and I am learning more about the process to become an effective teacher and mentor.
Course: Skills and Concepts for Advanced Ecology
- 2012-2014 – Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. BC – Instructor
Course: Ecosystem Ecology
- 2006 – 2011 – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Teaching Assistant
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). 2009. Working with two students on stoichiometry of vertebrates, and stoichiometry of parasitic plants and their hosts.