Monthly Archives: October 2012

CPR for Student Writing

Two tough teaching challenges often join forces: getting students to think critically and to write clearly. A teaching strategy that can help with both is student peer review, but it can too easily degenerate into mindless friendly A’s. Enter technology. … Continue reading

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A Sense of Wonder

Today I’m attending the annual conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and I heard a keynote address by Michael Wesch, who teaches cultural anthropology at Kansas State. He gave one of those wildly popular TED … Continue reading

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Chasing Sparks

I was recently asked what my favorite part about being a teacher was.  I thought this was an interesting question as being a teacher is a complex job and involves a lot of disparate activities. Who loves serving on boards … Continue reading

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Plagiarism, copyrights, and things that go bump in the night

Okay, I admit it: the last phrase in the title to this post isn’t original with me. I stole it from an unknown author, although in my defense, it has by now become such a well-known phrase that it has … Continue reading

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Multiple-choice exams in a liberal-arts curriculum (Part II)

Notwithstanding the urging of the speaker at the 1984 AALS workshop for new teachers (see Part I below), multiple-choice questions would seem, at first blush, to be inappropriate in courses that emphasize synthesis of highly abstract concepts and application of … Continue reading

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Multiple-choice exams in a liberal-arts curriculum (Part I)

The summer before I started teaching at SMU in 1984, the law school sent me to the workshop for new teachers that is sponsored each year by our professional association, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). During that two-day … Continue reading

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Math and English Meet in the Classroom: Discuss

The Chronicle has published the first in a three-part series narrating the experience of an English professor (who is also dramaturg at the Folger Theatre) and a math professor in co-teaching a First Year seminar called “Mathematics and What it … Continue reading

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Faculty Learning Communities Off to a Great Start

This year SMU introduced a new kind of support for teaching excellence, the Faculty Learning Community.  These small interdisciplinary groups focus on a topic, study it together, and use their findings to enhance their own  classes.  In addition, the group … Continue reading

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