10 Years of Teacher Life ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ

Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD
4 min readJan 21, 2022

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸซI gave my first lecture as a course instructor on January 20th, 2012

I have been a teacher for 10 years as of today, January 20th 2022 (see syllabus). My first class was the Advanced Social Psychology Lab course in Spring Semester 2012 at UT-Arlington. I taught Introduction to Psychology in Summer 2012. I taught Social Psychology, my favorite class & first class of ~100 students, in Autumn 2012. I continued to teach that regular rotation of courses each year through the completion of my doctoral training in May 2015.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ Before teaching a course myself, I was a TA at UT San Antonio in 2010 & 2011 during my Masters degree. I also taught high school students in the summers of 2013 & 2014.

#Caliversary (June 1st, 2015) ๐Ÿ

The first class I taught in CA was Interpersonal Relationships here at the University of California at San ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ”ฑ ๐Ÿ’™ Tritons (aka my 2nd home) in August 2015 (Summer Session 2). I then taught Intro Psych at Mesa Community College & Stats/Research Methods at the University of San Diego โœ๏ธ that Fall.

#TeacherLife ๐ŸŽ

Itโ€™s been an honor to teach at each institution Iโ€™ve had an opportunity to in CA, including California State San Marcos ๐Ÿ’™(Fall 2016 โ€” present) ๐Ÿ… , San Diego Miramar Community College, San Diego City City College, & Point Loma Nazarene University.

Most of all, itโ€™s been a privilege to teach ~10,000+ students during this pedagogical decade of my life, and I look forward to the many more students to come ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Random Teaching Pics

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How In-Person Autumn Felt

Most (68.2%) students indicated that Autumn 2021 was tougher than Autumn 2019, & more stressful than they anticipated, though 31.8% of students indicated that it took a moment, but they adjusted.

  1. Thanks to UCSDโ€™s auto-lecture podcasting, I permitted students to take my courses virtually this Autumn & plan to do the same in Winter Quarter. As a result, my Health course generally had 25โ€“50 people in attendance out of ~280.
  2. All of my assessments were via Canvas (Blackboard for USD). This enabled students to take their quizzes & exams from a safe location without having to worry about if the person filling out the scantron next to them was infected
  3. We had Zoom lectures the weeks after Halloween & Thanksgiving Weโ€™ll be having Zoom lectures for week 1 & potentially week 2 for Winter Quarter, as well as Valentines week (regardless of vaccination status and/or relationship status.)

Why? โ†’ Of all the days during a quarter/semester, people come to class coughing & sneezing the most on exam daysโ€ฆ because stress. In 2019 & earlier, having the person next to you cough/sneeze during an exam may be annoying but not psychologically distressing.

In our current COVID-Life, a nearby cough/sneeze could generate enough psychological distress to reduce someoneโ€™s grade, even by simply motivating them to finish even faster so they can escape the room.

Zoom Lectures To Start Each Week

Iโ€™ll be having Zoom lectures on all Mondays so everyone has Mon/Tues to ascertain if they got infected over the weekend so that they can proceed to attend/watch the Wed-Friday lectures via Zoom or via the recordings.

Why? โ†’ The weekend provides more time & opportunities for a potential infection to occur than the other days of the week.

Learning vs. Intelligence

โ€œImmune response vs strong immune system is like learning vs intelligence. I can memorize a poem, but it hasnโ€™t made me any smarter. I can survive an infection, but it didnโ€™t โ€˜strengthen my immune systemโ€.

Christian Drosten (tweet) [@c_drosten]

(Stores are #COVID19 sponges.
The sponge is squeezed dry overnight while the store is closed.

โ˜† โ˜† Itโ€™s safer to shop at 7am than 7pm โ˜† โ˜†

Shopping at 7pm is like the video below)

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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

I'm passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of others, & that's something I have the opportunity to do a professor & researcher.