Instructor Will Berkley | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Will's Background

Will Berkley has been teaching at the college-level since 2008. He has taught both on campus and online classes, credit and continuing education courses, with a focus on helping students become prepared for college and be more efficient in their skills.

One of his favorite classes was a course specifically aimed at non-traditional students, in which they covered basic math, reading, and writing skills, as well as study skills, how to work on teams, and the basics of the Microsoft Office Suite. Will typically teaches classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook at various skill levels.

Before teaching, Will was involved in software development, database management, and telephone technical support. He enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, volleyball, sailing, and visiting bakeries.

Will's Teaching Style & Approach

How do you present materials to your students?

For most classes, I follow the activities in the book; we will preview a particular skill, then execute the accompanying activity, and respond to questions or problems as they arise.

Finally, I include additional information, activities, ask questions of the students to test their comprehension and ability to perform the same skill in a different way. This makes use of multiple domains of Bloom's Taxonomy.

How do you work with and interact with your students?

I discuss the skill and lead them through the activity -- typically at the teachers' workstation -- then wander around the room for the other portions.

This also gives students a chance to ask me questions or get clarification one-on-one rather than in front of the whole class. This is important since students are frequently reluctant to 'advertise' the fact that they have missed a step or otherwise are having trouble understanding something.

What kind of classroom dynamic do you promote?

Most of my classes have a lot of hands-on activities, but I also want to promote discussion and open conversation.

Frequently asking questions confirms my stated goals at the start of class that they are free to problems, questions or ideas during the class, providing everyone is respectful of each other.

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