I love to teach and enjoy communicating ideas and interacting with others as much as possible. I believe that we all should do our best to be life-long learners and use available scientific evidence to inform our health, live happier lives, and improve our community.
Briefly, my teaching philosophy centers around the ideas that learning should be fun and everyone learns differently. My goal when teaching is always to incorporate as many techniques as possible in one class, such as lectures, videos, Socratic methods, active and inquiry-based learning, and even physical demonstrations as long as I can embarrass myself in the process.
In fall semester 2015, I taught a freshman seminar at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities called “Evidence-based living”, where we delved into the scientific literature to address questions that are either controversial or of everyday interest to students. Students learned to find, read, and interpret papers themselves in order to incorporate science into their day-to-day lives. In spring semester 2016, I co-taught Animal Behavior at the University of Minnesota.