Statement of Teaching Philosophy
In all my classes, I collect mid-quarter evaluations that help me adapt my teaching style to the individual needs of any particular group of learners. In my course evaluations, students single out my enthusiasm as well as my “out of the box approach” to be very effective and stimulating. The use of a variety of media, including web pages, video games and infographics, helps them to familiarize and relate to new concepts more easily and guides them towards a comprehensive understanding of any subject. In my upper-division course “Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism,” we discussed Esteban Echeverría’s hybrid text –half chronicle, half short story– called “El matadero” widely considered the first short story published in Spanish America, analyzing a caricature version of the story that not only surprised and entertained them but helped them to better understand what is inherently a difficult discourse to penetrate. I see the inclusion of multimedia and technology in teaching (Computer-Assisted Language Learning –CALL) as essential in the humanities in the twenty-first century.