We interview faculty who have demonstrated great engagement techniques, a passion for instruction, and bring innovation into their classes and personal lives. Read more about this month's featured "Faculty Focus Instructor"!
September: Ke'shun Walker
Areas of Expertise:
Describe your teaching style:
"I’ve heard my students describe my teaching style as relaxed and informal and firm; although this sounds like a contradiction, I believe it is a perfect balance. I believe this because I am committed to making sure my classroom is a safe environment for my students to ask questions and voice their opinions through intelligent discussions but still hold my students to high standards of excellence. We start every class by sharing “joys and celebrations,” we discuss topics that are relevant to the students, and humor is always welcome in my classroom. I believe that engagement is pertinent to learning; therefore, I use a variety of modalities to promote an active and engaged learning environment and am flexible to the needs of my students. I use cooperative learning, guest speakers, case studies, current events, informal and formal debates, Power Points, eCampus, visual aids, videos, hands-on activities, class and group discussions, journals, student-taught mini-lectures, and individual and group projects.”
Describe your teaching philosophy:
"I always tell my students: “I believe people don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” Because of this, I believe sincere relationships and transparency with my students is a must; especially in Learning Framework. I cannot ask my students to deeply explore their core beliefs, question their value system, reflect on past experiences (both successes and failures), and identify flaws in their thinking in order to improve their thinking if I am not willing to do the same. As a first-generation and non-traditional college student who is a product of DCCCD, I see myself in many of my students. I believe in modeling the behaviors and expectations I expect from my students. Therefore, when applicable, I share my successes and failures and what I have learned from them to bring textbook theory to practice. I expect nothing but excellence from my students and strive to help them identify their strengths and opportunities to learn from their mistakes. My goal is to empower my students to become self-regulated learners. I respect and appreciate diversity; with diversity including but not limited to age, gender, socioeconomic status, ideologies and beliefs, religions, cultures, learning styles, and capabilities and disabilities. Honestly, I see myself more as a coach than a “teacher” and enjoy learning from my students."
How do you relax outside of class?
"I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family, and secretly enjoy watching reality TV shows…but I guess it’s no longer a secret!"
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