I believe that a democratic classroom empowers students to take ownership of their learning, not as consumers of goods, but as producers of them. My goal is to enfranchise students by making my classroom inclusive, by scaffolding assignments to build toward self-directed and team research projects, and by continually illustrating what is at stake in our disciplinary discussions by linking classics to our modernity. I see my position as an educator as facilitating students’ acquisition of transferable skills including critical thinking, communication, and reflection, and I do so by setting tangible learning outcomes directed toward these skills in each of my classes. I also encourage students to design and work toward their own individual learning outcomes.

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