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Teacher keeps Sun City courses entertaining

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

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SUN CITY CENTER -

You値l not only learn during Philip Coates classes at Community Church College, you値l be entertained as well.

A noncredit adult education outreach program of United Community Church, at 1501 La Jolla Ave., offers a wide variety of classes. And for the past three years, Coates has enthusiastically taught a dozen courses for the program.

A graduate from the University of Michigan with a master痴 degree in mathematics, he has taught from elementary to college students. In addition to teaching, he has worked as a corporate trainer at Hewlett-Packard, as well as edited or written numerous academic articles on philosophy and psychology.

Originally from San Jose, Calif., Coates moved to Sun City Center four years ago to be with family. When the opportunity arose to teach at the college, it was a perfect fit.

Coates teaches practical courses that he feels can be life changing for his students. Courses include Key Concepts in Psychology, Thinking Coping and Problem Solving as well as course work on literature.

的 really enjoy teaching skills courses, said Coates 釘eing a better writer, communicator and problem solver is like realizing that you had been looking through a glass with smudges and suddenly it is clear. Students gain a whole new self-confidence when they become better at these things.

Some say that it is his teaching style and love of education that makes him unique. Others, however, feel that the fact he doesn稚 take himself too seriously is what keeps people coming back.

撤hil is an excellent teacher, able to pinpoint important passages as well as explain the broad ideas, which led me to fuller enjoyment and understanding of the class, said student Sally Morse. 撤hil encourages questions and discussion in his classes and is very entertaining.

But Coates thinks it might be the way he teaches.

溺y approach to teaching a course is very interactive, he said. 的 start with a strong outline of points to be covered, but I encourage students to constantly ask questions and bring up new topics, examples, or applications that they want added.

Coates feels the shortness of the courses also helps five weeks. It helps the student learn without the boredom that often comes with a long semester. Each $25 class is 90 minutes long and meets once a week for five weeks.

Coates also teaches and leads workshops for other organizations, including corporations, nonprofit groups and nursing homes.

For more information on the college visit: www.4lifelearning.org or call (813) 634-8607. To contact Philip Coates, email philcoates123@yahoo.com.

Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at (813)277-8181.

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