I am the instructor of two awesome Freshman Composition courses at Kingsborough Community College.
The course focuses on interdisciplinary research methods and hopes to encourage students to go beyond and dig for the truth and the facts, buried deep within primary and secondary sources, in order to shape our own research and convey our perspectives responsibly and objectively.
About me: I graduated from Kingsborough in 2004. During my time there, I found something sacred--a genuine passion to learn. It was during my time there that I found inquisition and debate thoroughly enjoyable, learned that there was a legitimate way to relay and defend my own controversial theories and discovered the complex beauty of questions unanswered.
Research Interest: I'm interested in gathering data to assess the influence and efficacy (graduation rates, GPAs, enrollment in the Honors program, course completion, etc.) of interconnected classrooms on community college students. Mapping the Futures and the Futures Initiative have created wonderful and numerous resources that make it possible to even ask this question. Both my Freshman Comp courses share a a forum and a blog spot. They are free to reply to threads and comment on blogs, within or outside their particular section. We all share a main site (CBox) where my classmates and I post blogs about our weekly teaching experiment, in which our students are encouraged to participate. My students are also connected to Mapping the Futures; a course I am taking to inform my own teaching in the Freshman Comp classrooms. In addition, I recently joined the ranks of an ongoing Honors Civic Engagement and Remedial Prehonors collaboration project/study. The galaxy decided all roads this semester would lead to collaboration in and across classes and campuses, across levels and programs. As a final topping, a colleague and I are engaging both our developmental literacy classes in a Pen Pal project, where students write to a student in the other class (a student they do not know) about a book they have chosen to read this semester. I hope to maintain communication with many of these students so I can pursue this study enough to know whether these practices have been helpful for their success at Kingsborough and beyond.