What have you learned from your project about the principles and practices of good teaching that you would like to share with your colleagues? In what way(s) did this project help your students gain new knowledge or skills?
My project illustrates the practical implications of scholarly research. By demonstrating that the historical model of the Canterbury City Mission of l872 can be replicated in today’s urban environment, students easily see that there is a vital link between what goes on in a university, and how we serve the community. This basic principle—of the practical value of what is learned in the classroom—is the foundation of every course that I teach. I always try to link the literary text we are studying with the daily life of students. This principle even works with an ancient epic like Gilgamesh.
In what way(s) has your grant-funded project changed the way that you teach?
The demands of research have made me more careful with my time. The higher demands I make on myself as a scholar, the better my teaching becomes.
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