What is your style of teaching?
We have active learning in the classroom, skills-based, highly technological. Very little lecture.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Videos, websites, music - anything I can find. :-)
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Day in the Life of - Students pretend they are a person from the past and write a Facebook status update or journal entry for one day's events.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
I grade assignments, not students. I look for logical arguments, specific examples used as evidence, and good communication skills.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students who want to learn, not just get a grade, love my classes. Kinesthetic learners do better in my classes than in regular lecture classes.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Follow the instructions.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
I am an expert on women in Spanish-era Texas, then women in Texas, then Texas, then women in the Southern US.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
I won the Presidio La Bahia award and the TOMFRA award for best book on Spanish Texas published that year.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I am helping to create an eco-village/regenerative community in Amarillo, Texas.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
You will do more work than you think is necessary and you will learn more than you thought possible.