Teaching

I'm a qualified teacher. In between my M.Phil and my Ph.D., I completed the UK's Teach First programme, earning a PGCE and working full-time for two years at The Quest Academy in Croydon. Officially, I taught Citizenship and Religious Studies. Unofficially, the former classes were largely political philosophy, and the latter were largely a mix of metaphysics and ethics.

As a Teach First teacher, I had 25 classes (approx. 500 students) and 15 pastoral tutees. I am used to working with students in challenging personal circumstances; many of my students at Quest had unstable home lives, and many were refugees or asylum seekers. I specialized in positive behavior management, in differentiation, in teaching students who are learning English as an additional language, and in "Assessment for Learning" (AfL). The latter remains a focus of my teaching; I delivered an interactive presentation on AfL in college Philosophy classrooms at the Central APA 2017. Here's a booklet I made for that.

I will also deliver two interactive sessions at the APA/AAPT "Teaching Hub" at the Eastern APA 2018. One session will also be on AfL, showcasing a variety of interactive in-class formative assessment techniques, while the other will be on backwards planning and differentiated course design (i.e. how to plan for the fact that your students will enter your classroom with widely varying degrees of prior knowledge and ability, designing courses such that they can all learn and make progress). Come to the sessions! :)

 

I co-founded the Michigan High School Ethics Bowl, in 2013, and have been co-organizing it ever since, working in partnership with local community organization A2Ethics and with thirteen schools across Michigan to provide after-school Philosophy classes and to organize three annual events. Lots more info on the Bowl can be found on my Service page.

 

I've been:

  • Supervisor and Grader for Part Ia Logic at the University of Cambridge
  • Discussion Section Leader for Phil 361 (Ethics), Phil 160 (Introductory Logic), Phil 303 (Intermediate Logic), and Phil 232 (Philosophical Problems) at the University of Michigan
  • Instructor for Phil 181 (Is Morality Objective?) at the University of Michigan

"Is Morality Objective?" is an intro Metaethics course of my own design. Here's the syllabus, and here's the PowerPoint for the first session. I'm very happy to share more teaching materials for all of the above – just shoot me an email.

I recently designed a syllabus for a service learning course affiliated with Ethics Bowl, in which undergraduate students spend some time studying ethical theory and some time studying pedagogy, and then go and coach high schoolers. Here's that syllabus.

Here are some more sample syllabi: for an intro logic course, for an upper-level course on moral motivation, and for an upper-level course on legal epistemology.