"Changing Neural Pathways Every Class Period"
"Anyone can talk, but few do so strategically"
My teaching philosophy is designed to help you become a thoughtful, strategic, and professional communicator. You can do that by studying class material (readings, lectures and discussion), applying what you learned and demonstrating your knowledge in projects, cases or class exercises. After your demonstration, you will receive feedback that you can use to enhance your skills or thought processes. Building those enhancements into future projects allows you to continuously improve (CI). As you continuously improve you will learn to study in a deeper and more productive manner. As you continually cycle through this process, you are simultaneously becoming a more thoughtful, strategic, and professional communicator.
Listed below is some advice from former communications students who have successfully trained their neural pathways.
"Taking a Phil class will definitely raise your stress levels. However, once the class is over, you will realize that it was all worth it." -Jerome Allen
"Do not concern yourself with what you believe Phil is "looking for" as the "right answer," rather construct a unique solution to the problem and develop a strong line of rationale and you will succeed beyond measure" -Marcus Reitz
"GO TO CLASS!!! No matter how many notes you print off the website, you will never get all the information! Also...read, read, read! If you don't read, the multiple choice questions in the exams are going to kick your butt!" -Angela Stangel
should be striving for excellence by: 1) continuously improving personal communication skills such as listening, public speaking, writing and managing conflict, 2) developing effective group communication skills by knowing how to effectively and efficiently solve problems, 3) becoming critical thinkers by understanding how to analytically and strategically address communication problems and 4) developing communication expertise by learning fundamental communication principles, practices and theories. Concentrating on these four critical areas puts every student in the best possible position to become a thoughtful, strategic, and professional communicator. Such individuals glisten like rare gems – coveted by friends, colleagues and organizations.
7 Questions to guide your thinking...
Can you prove it?
What are your assumptions?
What is effectiveness?
What is the pattern?
What can you do about it?
Is it ethical?
"If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the ax." - Abraham Lincoln