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Category Archives: Inspiration
Folks interested in teaching and learning invest quite a bit of time and energy on the first day of courses. Symposia here at SMU regularly feature a session on “making the most of the first day of class,” rightly, I … Continue reading
Here’s a happy thought for the start of a new semester: academic life can be characterized by kindness rather than snarkiness. Thanks to Mark Chancey‘s Facebook post, I read a recent article that highlights a project created by a professor … Continue reading
In a poor part of Matamoros, Mexico, one elementary school teacher—Sergio Juarez Correa—is changing the way he approaches teaching. He is convinced that by allowing his students to direct their own education, he can in some sense level the playing … Continue reading
In one survey, only 8% of higher ed faculty reported taking “any account of research on teaching and learning” in preparing their classes. So one blogger has decided to try to do something about it. He’s launching a campaign: “I … Continue reading
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of learning and work occurring in Faculty Learning Communities. But, like preschool play groups, FLCs also provide a safe and structured environment focused on a shared interest, for learning, interaction, and enjoyment among … Continue reading
I started reading the Chronicle piece entitled “You’re Distracted. This Professor Can Help” feeling very smug and superior. Those foolish students — why do they not realize that their constant response to electronic devices is counterproductive (and it is). Checking … Continue reading