Earlier today I was writing a letter of recommendation for a student. Through the process of describing their academic abilities and experiences, it finally occurred to me that all-too-often how we talk about academic success–for students with any type of… Read More ›
Thoughts, suggestions, and resources for teaching (and learning).
Updated December 29, 2017 My exact teaching philosophy varies according to the institution, the department, the course, the students, and even the topic on a given day, for example. My teaching philosophies are, however, informed by physiological, psychological, and sociological… Read More ›
1. Homo sapiens and their ancestors have always communicated with one another and with other forms of life. Studying this communication is important, as is participating in various forms of communication. Language controls us, and we control languages. 2. The development of… Read More ›
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, I had an idea. I immediately emailed all of my students during the middle of the afternoon. The email announced an extra credit opportunity that would only be available until 11:59 pm. I gave students… Read More ›
Conversations with fellow professors often turn to the topic of office hours and their frustrated comments about how students never utilize this time. In contrast to some my colleagues, my office hours are always wonderfully busy with students. Frequently, I… Read More ›
Teaching First Year Writing this semester continues to be an exciting, interesting journey. A few nights ago, I was trying to decide how I wanted to address a lesson introducing the broad topic of facts, opinions, arguments, and related topics. My approach… Read More ›