The range of students taking anthropology courses are diverse. Some may not be anthropology majors nor fully invested in the subject matter at hand. Others will come to the classroom with different levels of background knowledge. In either case, it is important to reach each student, providing them with the fundamentals of rigorous research methodologies and demonstrating where the course material intersects with their interests. In the classroom, I emphasize continual practice in verbal and written communication skills as well as rigorous research methodologies. I have found students are rarely taught how to read academic material and synthesize academic arguments. Therefore, I teach foundational reading and writing skills whenever possible.