My Teaching Philosophy

Last spring, I decided to put together a document that explains my teaching philosophy & practice to students in my classes. Here’s what I came up with:

Teaching Philosophy & Practice
Dr. Angie Ward

Welcome to my class! I look forward to getting to know you better in the weeks ahead. I love what I do and am grateful to be able to teach at LBC | Capital. Past students have said that my classes are challenging, they learn a lot, and we have a blast during the on-campus residency. I hope you will have a similar experience.

To help you succeed, I’ve outlined my philosophy, expectations and commitments below.

  • I start out each class assuming you are able to do “A” work. Everyone starts with a clean slate no matter how they did in a prior class with me.
  • I expect you to work hard. This is graduate school, in an accelerated format. We are cramming a normal 15-week course into only six weeks. That means there is absolutely no time for any of us to procrastinate.
  • I expect you to take responsibility for all deadlines and due dates. I will not hold it against you personally for turning in late work but you will receive a late penalty as described in the course syllabus.
  • Please communicate with me as soon as possible about any conflicts or issues that may arise that would affect your ability to complete coursework as assigned. I am quick to give grace to those who demonstrate proactive communication. In other words, in this case it is much easier to get permission than forgiveness!
  • Good writing matters as much as the content of your work! I expect graduate-level writing. Proofread, have someone else proofread, use the spelling and grammar checks, follow the APA Style Manual. Consult the Purdue Online Writing Center (OWL, and the book “Stylish Academic Writing” to improve your writing. Poor writing will negatively impact your grade.
  • Due to the condensed nature of blended courses, attendance for both days of the two-day residency are expected and required to pass the course. Exceptions will only be granted for extenuating circumstances.
  • My commitments to you:
    • I will treat you with respect regardless of your gender, age, ethnicity, political or theological perspective, or sports rooting loyalty. However, if you are a Duke fan I may have to pray for God’s help with this.
    • I will come to class (both online and on-campus) prepared and ready to give you 100%.
    • I will respond promptly to your communication. Guaranteed response time is within 24 hours but normally I will reply within hours or sometimes minutes.
    • I will also grade and return your work promptly and with comments that are intended to help you learn and grow for future assignments, classes and ministry. I generally grade smaller assignments (e.g. journals) within 48 hours and larger papers/projects within a week.
    • If I don’t know the answer to a question, I will do my best to find out.
    • I will give the same amount of dedication to the course that I expect from you, in other words 100%.

Again, I’m glad to have you in class!


One thought on “My Teaching Philosophy

  1. Avis says:

    Just want to let you know how sorry I am about Dr Ward but he touched my life greatly! He will live forever in my memories of him sharing Jesus with me and taking care of me as his patient. I will be praying for you and your family! Sent from my iPhone


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