April 20, 2009
Source: Piedmont 2003

Ho, Wan-li
REALC Department


Project Summary

The Piedmont Project Workshop has had a great impact on my teaching at Emory. I have learned so much and will carry these lessons for the rest of my life.

First of all, I was inspired by Peggy’s phrase, “Hidden Curriculum.” In the past, I used to think that if I could not teach a content course then I wouldn’t have chances to teach courses related to ecology or environmental protection at all. Now I realize that environmental concerns and activism can be integrated into any course including language courses. I am pleased to say that the thought has influenced me and it is reflected in my syllabi.

Second, it was a joy to hear about many different teaching methods. Professors have their unique approaches, such as having students to do 24 hours community service instead of making them write 5-page paper, or by turning students into teachers and emphasizing their long-term goals—what trend of thoughts they will have after five years… Searching for new and effective ways to teach has always been one of the most important tasks for me and I am glad that I could learn so much within two days.

Third, I feel I have connected with Emory better. Through the presentations made by the resource staff, the videotapes, and by working in the Emory forest, I leaned more about Emory’s environment and policies. More importantly, I have met professors who share the same interests as myself and in the future we will be able to support each other. These all give me a sense of community at Emory which is very meaningful to my career.

Fourth, the reading package from this workshop was truly impressive. I especially like the articles related to my field—the relationship between Ecology and Religion. I feel that the readings up-dated my knowledge and could definitely be used as resources for teaching. I also like the idea of book display. It was interesting to see how one issue could be presented in different fields. If it is possible, I hope that the next time we get together, we could display students’ or faculty’s work on the issue of environmental protection. It should be fun.

And last but not least, I would like to take this chance to say thanks to all of you. Your creative thinking and warm spirit will bring changes to my teaching. This meaningful emphasis on the environment should be continued and I would like to contribute my strength to join our collective effort.

Course Syllabus attached.

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