Adam Bailey has been teaching in the collegiate setting for over 10 years. When asked, “Why did you want to become a teacher?” the Florida A&M University Mathematics Professor grins slyly and replies “for the teacher’s lounge of course…” However, when asked about his motivations for education, he quotes Mahatma Gandhi “We must become the change we want to see.”
Professor Bailey believes in the acknowledgement of roles and responsibilities that each of us has in effecting change through our commitment to self-improvement. To that end, Adam believes that Mathematics is a subject often viewed with fear, resentment, and lack of understanding. It is with this ideology that he developed his teaching style to first address the mindset of the individual to believe that he or she can achieve success within the realm of mathematics.
Professor Bailey’s teaching philosophy encompasses three principle objectives – to inspire, challenge, and empower students to exercise beyond their full potential. Professor Bailey believes in a student-centered learning approach that is both engaging and challenging. He believes that if students are effectively challenged, they become empowered, thus enabling them to turn uncertainty into confidence.