Tag Archives: Teaching

Documenting Kindness

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

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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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Spotlight on Teaching: Interact with the World

One of the things we at CTE like to do in our blog is spotlight great examples of teaching at SMU.  Today’s Dallas Morning News features Cox’s Judy Foxman and her BBA Honors Marketing Practicum class.  Students in this class … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Correction as Class Project

A significant body of research shows that students are more motivated, and do a better job researching and writing, if they do it for an “authentic audience.” As Derek Bruff, the  Director of Vanderbilt Center for Teaching explains: Sharing student … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just the Students Who Multitask

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

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Do I need to make classroom attendance more important?

In a previous blog posting, I outlined my use of a tablet PC in the classroom. One of the ways I use the tablet is to screencast my lecture, recording both the visual output (my notes and PowerPoint) and my … Continue reading

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Teaching Lessons from Project Runway

Today’s New York Times has a piece reflecting on Project Runway’s Tim Gunn as a model mentor.  His tag line — “Make it Work” — can also ‘work’ for faculty members giving students feedback.  In fact, a Tumblr feed called … Continue reading

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An Example of Teaching with Technology

I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the new Teaching with Technology Faculty Learning Community (FLC).  The nine members of the group bring different perspectives to the application of technology in teaching.  Even from reading the various entries in … 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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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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