Interview with a teaching professional

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  • 1. Interview with a Teaching Professional Jennifer Brooks
  • 2. Background • Teaches in a formal setting • Ivy League School Educator – Doctorate and MA in International Relations – MA and BA in Economics – Designed and teaches a business class described by Forbes magazine as one of the top ten most innovative business school classes in the country. – Classes focus on problem solving real life issues in conflict ridden countries using a values based approach.
  • 3. Why did you become an educator? • Worked as a business consultant and found that their value would be better served in a formal teaching setting. • Wanted to challenge learners to think beyond the scope of the classroom. • Wanted learners to learn how to deal with issues on a global level not just a community level. • Truly loves academia and teaching adult learners.
  • 4. What are the challenges you face in educating? • Understanding that ones size does not fit all and convincing universities to change curriculum to fit diverse learners. • Funding from institutions of higher learning. • Students ability to pay for quality level of education. • The ability of the aging facility to provide relevant insight to diverse modern audience.
  • 5. Why is life long learning important? • Globalization has driven the need to stay relevant in modern times. • Learners must gain and implement the right knowledge in an effective manner. • As technology changes and advances the learner must stay educated in order to be value added to the organization he or she works for. • Learners need to be able to adapt in times of crisis and be willing to learn a new skill if the economy and work force calls for it.
  • 6. What have you learned from your students? • Learning viewed through the lens of culture is important. • Learners want to play and active role of learning. • Learners want to be able to stay in touch with their educators – reach back capability. • Classroom learning isn’t enough, real case studies with the opportunity to solve real problems helps learners fully understand the teaching objective. • Learner want to return to class and mentor new learners.
  • 7. What advise would you offer to a new educator? • • • • • • • Be passionate and compassionate. Be flexible. Be relatable. Encourage active learning. Ask for feedback from colleagues and learners. Learn from your students. Have fun.
  • 8. Summary This interview was important in understanding the day to day challenges of teachers. Whether in a class room or an online teaching setting, the educator has different motivations to educate. Educators must employ different teaching styles based on the objective of the learners and face physical, fiscal, and other barriers to education. Educators, whether in the form of instructor or facilitator, are an important part of life long learning.