about the teacher
Andrew Chaney lives in Cookeville, TN. He holds an M.A. in English from Tennessee Tech University. His research interests include literature, music, and biblical culture. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in humanities through Faulkner University.
As a teacher, I believe that allowing students to choose their writing topics and providing constructive, qualitative responses to their work builds a foundation for a successful classroom. Giving students a choice regarding what they write about helps them excel and fosters creativity. Students who feel invested in their research topics find it easier to focus, and their enthusiasm for their subject matter will generate stronger writing that reflects their individual interests and worldview.
It is vital that we teachers help our students become stronger thinkers, readers, researchers, and writers by providing constructive, qualitative feedback to their assignments. Every writer has unique strengths and weaknesses for which holistic grading cannot always account, making qualitative criticism necessary to provide students a clear impression of their efforts. Teachers are constantly learning, adapting, and progressing, but no matter how far our profession advances, certain philosophies remain relevant. In the classroom, my aim is to give students choice in what they write about to help them maintain interest and to foster individual expression, and to provide constructive, qualitative assignment feedback that accounts for students’ unique strengths and weaknesses. I feel that these principles will stand the test of time despite developments in our field.
Statement of Faith
As a Christian who was raised in the church, I have a firm foundation of faith. My parents helped me develop a love for Jesus Christ, but my faith grew stronger in adulthood when I began to fully understand what a belief in Jesus Christ means. I am currently highly involved with my home congregation at Collegeside Church of Christ in Cookeville, Tennessee, participating in hospitality, education, and ministry efforts. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share the Gospel through my bi-monthly preaching duties.
As a teacher, I aim to spread the love of Jesus through my teaching and impart Christian ideals. With a strong foundation in liberal arts and a clear understanding of the Christian perspective, students will gain not only knowledge but a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.