Jill Lane (she/her)
- Arts, Humanities & Social Sci
- FTF - Political Science
- 9600 College Way N
- North Seattle College
- T, TH: 12:00-2:00 p.m. or upon request
- Course Title: American Government
- Subject: POLS&
- Catalog #: 202
- Credits: 5
- Class Day: ARR
- Start Time: ARR
- End Time: ARR
- Building: Online (NSONL)
- Section: D1
- Class#: 16938
WELCOME TO NORTH SEATTLE COLLEGE’S POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES!
For nearly a decade, I worked in politics in Washington, DC. Then, I decided to take a graduate course in higher education, and I found my passion! Fifteen later, I am still teaching, and I still love it. I am a firm believer in active learning, and I try to maintain a very lively and interactive classroom. To me, teaching is not just about lecturing to students. Rather, teaching is also about presenting theories, concepts and material to students in a way that students can integrate this information into their own life experiences.
To cultivate the skills of the political science discipline, I often begin classes by incorporating discussions on current events of interest to the students which tie to the week’s readings. Though discussions, we can also analyze and critique how one's own attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs (political ideologies and political socialization) are shaped by political policies, one's own cultural, ethnic, and racial heritage, socio-economic status, by gender, by age, and/ or by sexual orientation. Students will learn from many different people, methods and viewpoints by being actively involved in a learning community that includes people similar and different than one's self. Through these discussions, we benefit from diverse experiences while also meeting institutional-, program- and course-level learning outcomes. I also try to achieve learning outcome goals through my presentations and lectures and in writing assignments. I emphasize critical thinking, diversity and real-world applications of the concepts and issues we study.
In all the different Political Science courses I teach, I employ various formats, styles and modalities in political science courses to appeal to all types of learners. In my courses, we utilize free open source government sites, news media, videos and even blogs. I make extensive use of media and continue to search for new ways of integrating different content into my lesson plans.
Learning is not just the power to remember facts, but the awareness to take a lesson taught in one context and apply it to another. As a teacher, my goal is to help students identify patterns that are common across lessons. When learning objectives are achieved, students leave my courses with an improved capacity to assess the political world around them.