Syllabus Analysis Project

For this class, each graduate student was paired with an FYC professor. I was paired with Christopher Martin, a lecturer in the english department at KSU. After meeting with Professor Martin, reviewing his syllabus, looking at his online student platform, and attending one of his classes, I compiled an analysis of his teaching style. Mostly I touched on his teaching philosophy and how it impacted his assignments, classroom management, and construction of his syllabus. First, here is his syllabus:

A Preview of Professor Martin’s Syllabus

From this, I gathered that Professor Martin’s teaching pedagogy is democratic engagement, which lead him to chose the theme of joy for his ENGL 1101 courses. The most important aspect of Martin’s teaching style is the kindness that he places at the forefront. He achieves my intended desire of creating a positive environment where students can express themselves without fear of judgement or repercussion. This kindness and student-centered focus is definitely something I strive to imitate in my classroom next year. I also really enjoyed his approach to the hybrid model. This seemed very intimidating at first, but I believe if I employ discussion posts and other content that students can engage in, I will be able to maximize the time that the hybrid day affords. I identify with Martin’s approach, energy, and teaching style; I feel this analysis will directly inform and effect the way I approach my first semester teaching in a FYC class. Bellow is the powerpoint I created with my take-aways:

The most important aspect of Martin’s teaching style is the kindness that he places at the forefront. 


Then, I presented this powerpoint to three of my peers in my class (my team). Each team member had radically different professors with various approaches to a FYC course. I really enjoyed seeing the variation that ENGL 1101 and 1102 courses could have. Before, I was a little worried that there wasn’t a version of and FYC course that I had in mind. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. Here is the final synthesized powerpoint:


This project gave me the opportunity to get a closer look at FYC courses. I am incredibly grateful of Professor Christopher Martin’s time and my team members for sharing their powerpoint with me.

Also, here is a glance into the final project for Professor Martin’s ENGL 1101 course. I used this to understand his scaffolding process: