Philosophy is a conversation. The trends we see in contemporary philosophy arise within a historical context, often informed by scientific discovery. My approach to teaching philosophy, whether teaching advanced or introductory courses, is to highlight this conversation by emphasizing the historical and thematic connections between philosophical ideas, while teaching my students to critically engage with philosophy in innovative ways. It is well known that students who are interested and engaged in their learning are likely to learn more than those who are not. In order to promote engaged learning, I have three main goals as a teacher: 1) to find innovative ways to use technology to connect with students’ interests, 2) to foster student collaboration and professional communication, and 3) to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning.