Category: Beautiful Questions

Mar 17

Snow Days and Deep Learning

by: Ed Brantmeier Does another snow day have you troubled? How can you meet your learning objectives in your course with less face to face time? Here are a few ideas that might promote deep learning, despite the snowy reality of class cancellation: Ask students to develop a creative project that exemplifies the learning goals …

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Sep 10

Making Peace with PowerPoint

by: Douglas R. Harrison It’s the Sunday afternoon before classes begin for the new academic year and, having reviewed and revised my lesson plans for the week, I realized that I’ve finally made my peace with PowerPoint. This has taken more than a little time. For nearly 15 years as a college teacher, I have …

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Mar 29

Is Any Of This Doing Any Good?

by: Elizabeth V. Berkeley A colleague (whom I respect) said to me, in response to my mention of an interest in assessment, “Americans are the only academics obsessed with assessment”. Well, as a relatively novice teacher, I want to know if what I’m doing is doing any good. Will my students be better scientists if …

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Mar 19

Bringing Your Whole Self To Teaching: Self-Disclosure and Vulnerability

by: Ed Brantmeier Sharing elements of your life story with your students to deepen their learning and to model positive self-reflection is tricky business given the interpersonal boundaries typical of student and teacher relationships. We will explore those boundaries with some assumptions, guidelines, and ways of applying concepts of vulnerability in positive ways to create …

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Nov 15

What does master teaching have in common with being a professional race car driver or a professional golfer?

by: Kenn Barron Recently, I was asked what makes someone a master teacher. Like many concepts in higher education, there are numerous definitions linked with what a “master teacher” is or what a “master teacher” does. But rather than offering a definition, I wanted to share an analogy that I heard at a national teaching …

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Nov 08

Fly High in Your Writing

by: Ed Brantmeier Fits and starts, mountains and valleys, scheduled and binge—these are how the writing processes of many go during the academic year. Recently I was at a national conference where I attended a workshop on writing productivity. The facilitator insisted that creating a writing log, consisting of time spent writing per day and …

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Oct 18

A Quiet Revolution

by: Cara Meixner Last night, I savored a brief TED Talk by Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Her text has been on my ever-expanding to-read list since February, which feels like a dozen years to an introspective bibliophile. Cup of rooibos in hand, …

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Oct 11

Inspiring Work-Life Integration

by: Cara Meixner When I contemplate what it means to be “holistic” in my approach to life as an academic, a vision comes to mind. I picture a space within which my scholarship, teaching and service are inextricably connected, even recursive and as necessary, self-correcting. I imagine inhabiting a philosophical place-of-mind wherein talks of work-life …

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Sep 27

First Generation and the Unfamiliar Academy

by: Ed Brantmeier Making the familiar strange, the strange familiar—this is the work of ethnography from the vantage point of an anthropologist whose name escapes me at the moment. In terms of first generation college status — I call a related concept “dual alienation.”  In informal conversations I’ve had with faculty and students who are …

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Sep 20

Scholarly Blogging: Changing Expectations or Behaviors?

by: Carol Hurney Earlier this week a story on NPR reflected on studies performed in 1964 by Robert Rosenthal exploring how teacher expectations of student ability influenced how they interacted and worked with students.  Briefly, Rosenthal demonstrated that teachers provide more feedback, approval, and time to answer questions to students they were told were on …

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