Ask the (Former) Instructor: Luke H.
In this special edition of Ask the Instructor, former social studies teacher and current Guild employee Luke H. shares his tips for communicating with your instructor.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself — who are you, where are you from, etc.
A. My name is Luke Hadden, I’m originally from NJ and have lived in CO for around 10 years.
Q. Before you worked at Guild, you were a teacher — can you tell us a little about that experience?
A. I taught high school social studies for six years before coming to Guild. History is something that I am passionate about as well as sociology and film, and I was fortunate enough to get to teach those subjects as well as coach football. My favorite thing about teaching was interacting with the students and seeing them grow as well as creating a safe space for them to be in.
Q. What should a student do if they don’t get along with an instructor?
A. Reflect on why they are not getting along with their professor. Is there an actual rift or might it be perceived? COMMUNICATE. Professors and teachers are not mind-readers and the only way to share your thoughts is to talk with them. I had a number of students think that I “did not like them” because they might have come late to class or forgot to turn in their homework. Once they communicated with me, we could clear the air and work together in a positive way.
Q. If you’re struggling in a class, what’s the best way to initiate a conversation with your instructor? What if you’re ashamed or embarrassed?
A. I have never met an educator who wants their students to fail. Even if/when it feels like they might, educators are there to help you make it through. Anytime a student can be accountable for past actions as well as show a willingness and desire to succeed, I believe most if not all professors would be willing to help. Email can be a great way to communicate when feeling a little embarrassed or ashamed.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A. Working at Guild has been an amazing experience for me as I am surrounded by fantastic people who are passionate about education and unlocking opportunities for working adults.
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