Tag: Ed Brantmeier

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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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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Feb 19

Sparks of Expertise and Engagement – CFI Faculty Flashpoint Series

by: Ed Brantmeier Flashpoints arose as an initiative to support academic culture on JMU campus by highlighting faculty expertise in relation to pressing local and global problems, concerns, and/or issues. If flash mobs can mobilize people in public spaces, why can’t Flashpoints mobilize faculty, students, and community members to assemble en mass at our university? …

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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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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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Nov 04

Talking Chicken and Critical Pedagogy of Place

by: Ed Brantmeier Where do I come from? Since moving to Harrisonburg from the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, where the Big Thompson River provides water for Loveland and fly-rod fishing flourishes, I’ve quickly learned to talk chicken here in the lush Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Growing up in rural Wisconsin on an 80 acre …

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Sep 16

Mindful Teaching: Being in the Thick of Things

by: Ed Brantmeier Recently, I read some work of Parker Palmer where he asked the question, “Are you a human being or a human doing? In talking with a James Madison University colleague, Dave Pruett, he suggested that this theme was the heart of his recent graduation speech here. Dave suggested the challenge was being …

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