Although my current post is research-oriented, I also enjoy teaching. I am especially interested in ways of teaching material which has traditionally been very mathematical in nature to students from less quantitative backgrounds.
My teaching methods focus heavily on learning through doing. I believe the best way of understanding a system is to interact with it. Of course, it is difficult to apply this technique directly to environmental systems, but models can provide a tool which allows students to interact with a simulacrum of the whole system, and to develop intuitions about how the real thing functions.
Most research-oriented models have quite a steep learning curve, and often presuppose a high level of technical knowledge. For this reason they can be quite off-putting to new-comers, particularly undergraduate students. Also, these models often lack immediate feedback about the results of changes, which slows the learning process and lessens engagement.