Reflections on Twenty Years of College Teaching, Part 2: Pedagogy

The most important question you can answer for your students, not just after the fact, but from the beginning, is why?

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How I Learned to Love Bad Student Papers

I read once that J.R.R. Tolkien came up with the idea for The Hobbit while grading student exams. Bent over a desk, grinding away scoring exam book after exam book, he finally came across one with a blank page at the back. He was so relieved by that short break from grading that he wrote on theContinue reading “How I Learned to Love Bad Student Papers”

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Bright Futures Educational Consulting Up and Running

Bright Futures Educational Consulting provides consulting services for high school students who are thinking about college, students already in college thinking about transferring or graduate school, and for colleges and universities

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Literary Studies and Professional Studies

[Note: this semester I’m teaching a Survey of World Literature class to Nursing students. I designed the class with a Medical Humanities focus. This blog post is a modified version of an announcement I posted to the class about the importance of this class to their degrees.] Big picture: college degrees can very generally beContinue reading “Literary Studies and Professional Studies”

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