The Art Institute of Houston
Gain the critical thinking skills to become a problem solver. M. Basharat , Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston
M.S., Mathematics, Texas Southern University B.S., Statistics, Yarmouk University
College teaching experience since 1991 includes The Art Institute of Houston, Houston Community College System, and Texas Southern University. NISOD Excellence Award, Teacher of the Year 2010, 2005, and 1998.
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
During my senior year of college, I volunteered to tutor younger kids and my own classmates. That’s when I knew I was destined for a career of teaching and helping others.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I always try to find ways to relate mathematics to real-life problems so it doesn’t seem so theoretical.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I assign group projects that push students to apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
I’ve seen students gain more confidence and learn to become team players when they work on group projects with their classmates.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Gain the critical thinking skills to become a problem solver.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m passionate about helping my students succeed.