Category Archives: Pedagogical Theory

The Value of Note-taking: Laptop versus Ink?

Do you ever ask yourself why you have students take notes in class? Do you plan out what you hope they will write and then how they will use these notes later? Obviously we want our students to learn material … Continue reading

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Reading Fiction

There is a piece in the Dec. 9 Chronicle (“Why Fiction Does It Better”) that argues that fiction develops readers’ capacity for “sociocognitive complexity”: Cognitive scientists and literary theorists have plenty to say on this subject. Cognitive science connects the … Continue reading

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Finding Ways for Students to Discover Their Passion

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

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I Will Read One Book This Year

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

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Low Tech Ways to Make Students Reflective Learners

Studies show that students learn more, and are more likely to become self-motivated learners, if they are made explicitly aware of their learning.  A recent post in Faculty Focus reports on a study of a set of four prompts designed … Continue reading

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Teaching and Tenure

As the high cost of university education has come under scrutiny in our fragile economic climate, significant attention has been devoted to the value of tenure. In my small corner of academia, the American Bar Association—the accrediting body for law … Continue reading

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Evidence-based Study Skills

How many times have students come to your office and asked your advice about how to study? Perhaps the student was a struggling first year or did poorly on the last test.  What do you tell them? My standard response … Continue reading

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What’s my value as a teacher?

As faculty at an institution of higher education, and private, expensive institution at that, I often discuss the future of education.  In situations that I’m sure many of you have experienced, family and friends often ask me why college is … Continue reading

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Death to the Credit Hour?

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching created the credit hour in the early 1900s as part of a pension system for university faculty.  It has evolved into a universal measurement of the credit students receive for the classes … 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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