His curriculum also features comprehensive analyses of air pollution in Birmingham, Alabama, circa the 1960s. "As an African American male, I like to look at survey statistics whilst connecting issues impacting my community," he says. "There are no trick questions, just opportunities to engage." Becoat also delves into worldwide environmental challenges, often querying students on their thoughts and perceptions. His discussions are often active, prompting learners to think outside of social norms.
In collegiate-level courses, educators ruminate on the importance of "grit" with their students as it inspires perseverance through life’s many obstacles. The coronavirus pandemic relates to this as it has forced people to discover the strongest parts of themselves. Social isolation has brought forth a deeper sense of universal consciousness, too, as evidenced by Becoat, who displays attentiveness to his students' needs.
He begins early mornings with check-ins to address questions and concerns in class. "When I sign a contract to teach a course, I will fully apply and commit myself," he states.
His personable approach to teaching reflects a genuine passion for success. Becoat remains apprised of his students’ progress long after class ends, often providing written recommendations for employment and scholarly opportunities. He says he makes expectations clear at the onset of each course and rarely encounters any tone or disrespect issues.
He describes his pedagogical practices as "well balanced," applying an empathetic approach to instruction intermingled with self-directed learning. "In assigned group work, I will not monitor too heavily. I want learners to rationalize and solve problems before seeking my intervention," he explains. When learners encounter stumbling blocks in their studies, Becoat provides individualized conferences, focusing on working through issues based upon each student's unique circumstances.
Becoat resides in New Jersey with his wife, Xiomara, and their three daughters. He says he maintains a healthy work-life balance, cherishing quiet moments to pray and reflect with his family. Becoat draws inspiration from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, a nonfiction bestseller that teaches the art of cultivating success in the most unanticipated places.
He cannot envision any other calling; his profession and vibrant skill set are in solid alignment. "If you love what you do, it makes life easier," he states with conviction. Becoat is transforming student lives, one soul at a time.