Revival or Ruin Ministries
Dr. Barry G. Carpenter
Philosophy of Teaching
One cannot impart what one does not possess. Education is a life-long pursuit. As a teacher, I am a perpetual student myself. It is my desire that those who I have the privilege of teaching would join me on this path.
Fire begets fire. With a fire to know God, I desire to see others aflame. It is my passion that others would catch fire and they would spread that desire as well.
Whereas, the message of Christ does not change, the knowledge of Him is infinite. My challenge is to communicate the infinite to the finite. This requires being provocative, stimulating and novel.
There are no boring subjects only boring instructors.
Being an adjunct and an online professor will require a greater effort to build relationships and community. However, I believe the positives outweigh the negatives. I will not be restricted to office hours. Also, there are many virtual tools that can be used (chat, blogging, video, forums, Blackboard, etc.) to create community and foster an integrated learning environment.
The questions a student asks is as important as the ones they answer. Inspiring the student to think is an often over-looked part of the learning process. A student should develop critical thinking. Learning has been reduced to consumption and regurgitation. A student should query the material and come to conclusions rather than simply digest what has been presented. In this way true learning will occur.
I will strive to encourage the query of the material by students.
The manner in which material is presented can assist or inhibit long-term retention. The presentation of curriculum should be arranged in such a way that it flows from one proposition to the next. I will labor to show the relation of all points in the material to all other points. In this way, the student can develop a cohesive grasp of the material.