Gregory Tyler

General Education

Math and Science Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland

Gregory Tyler

My hope is that my students leave my courses with a newfound curiosity to learn about the natural world. Greg Tyler , Math and Science Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

The mathematics courses I teach are certainly the most challenging for many of my students. My approach to this is to ensure that students leave class each week with confidence in their ability to succeed in the course. Therefore, I always have my students complete part of their homework assignment at the end of each class to assess their understanding of the concepts taught that day. This has been a very successful strategy for students that struggle to succeed in math courses.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

As mentioned previously, I always have my students complete part of their homework assignment at the end of each class. I also encourage them to work in groups for two reasons. One, it fosters a sense of community among our students. Second, struggling students benefit greatly when working in a group and receiving help from their peers as they are being exposed to a variety of approaches to problem solving.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

As a math and science instructor, I teach courses that are not necessarily on our students’ list of favorite classes. Therefore, my challenge is to get my students interested in the topic and inspire them to learn. Fortunately, I have never lost my curiosity to learn about the world, and I do my best to integrate interesting facts and concepts into my math and science courses. Ultimately, my hope is that my students leave my courses with a newfound curiosity to learn about the natural world and they will integrate this into their creative career.