Profile - Laurie Wolfe
Master of Science (MS) in School Psychology, Syracuse University; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, College of St. Benedict; Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Yoga Alliance; Certified Ananda Meditation Teacher
Question and Answer
Would you list some recent accomplishments?
How Meditation Changes Your Brain, published July 2014 at
What is your approach to teaching?
In my classes, it is the responsibility of each student to accept the challenge of learning. I do not view my students as empty containers that I must fill with knowledge. Although it is my responsibility to provide the proper structure, atmosphere and resources for my students to maximize their learning, I cannot learn for them. They must actively participate in the learning process and be willing to work in order to gain knowledge. It is when students actively engage the material, teacher and each other that the educational relationship is most effective.
In order to encourage students to become active learners, I believe that the teacher must be actively engaged in the material. In class, I am energetic and enthusiastic not only because of my natural passion for the material itself but also because I believe that if I do not show enthusiasm for the material then it will be very unlikely that my students will. I value the ideas and opinions of the students in my courses. I encourage everyone to add his or her unique perspective to the course.
What makes your curriculum interesting or valuable to students?
Psychology is one of the most easily applied subjects that a student can study. The concepts we discuss in class are directly applicable to our everyday lives. Students often relate the concepts we are discussing in class to things they are experiencing outside of the classroom.
How do you think students describe your teaching methods and classes?
Because I believe that students learn by doing, I endeavor to create a truly interactive learning environment. I do not lecture to my classes; I share my knowledge in an interactive manner by using question and answer, small group activities and content-related games. For example, in Introductory Psychology when we cover problem-solving strategies, I put students into small groups and give them a variety of thought-problems and riddles to solve using different strategies covered in the textbook. This requires that students not only know the strategies but also use them to solve actual problems.
Fun Fact #1
In addition to being a Psychology instructor, I am a registered yoga and meditation teacher. You can see fun yoga photos, inspiring quotes and yoga and meditation information on my yoga facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yogasoles
Fun Fact #2
I love to travel. Some of my favorite trips include:
- visiting ancient ruins in Rome, Athens and Ephesus, Turkey
- going on a safari in the Serengeti
- visiting Harry Potter World at Universal Park in Florida
Fun Fact #3
I enjoy kickboxing and play the trumpet in a community orchestra. I have also studied tae kwon do.
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