20 Years of Teaching English, including AP Literature and AP Language. Focus: understanding how students learn, but researching insights from cognitive science. Best teaching methodologies: 1. Compel students to create knowledge by processing information and working on a theory before learning a rule. This is inductive learning. 2. Learners store theory and knowledge in schemas and analogies, that the student must devise.We must design lessons that let them do this. 3. Identifying and building one's course around key "threshold concepts" that state central values of the discipline, give students a reason to want to learn.
Interactive, high standards, humor, creativity, encouraging pride and independence.
2012 Major Resource Grant for development of online writing instruction videos Two-diamond NFL Speech & Debate Coach, 2010 2010 McKinley Grant for graduate study of US History and Government 2009 Finalist for the Curran Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award 2008 Friday Fellowship for graduate coursework in History 2006 United States Department of Education Distinguished Teacher Award Chair of Tarheel East Forensics League District, 2003-2007 2005 Teacher Scholar Bridges Fellowship (writing residency program) 2004 Friday Fellowship (writing residency program) Four nominations for North Carolina Speech & Debate Coach of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) Co-winner of the 2001 National Semi-Conductor Internet Innovator Award for The Virtual Crystal Palace Student recognitions: Presidential Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa Essay Contest, NCTE Achievement in Writing, Scholastic Art & Writing Award, etc. Phi Beta Kappa, 1992
AB Comparative Literature, University of California in Berkeley MA English University of Virginia
Recently retired, working on a book on teaching to how students learn best.