My first teaching job was at an all-boys private school in Los Angeles. I was 22 and fresh out of college with not a bit of teaching experience. But as part of the mentoring program, other teachers and administrators were in and out of my room all the time. At first, I was sure I… Continue Reading It’s Coming: Open Classroom Week
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Do you remember how you felt about your favorite college professors–the one whose name you looked for when it came time to sign up for classes, the one whose teaching precipitated one of those sea changes in thinking that happen to college freshmen? I’ve had professors whose every word seemed brilliant and life-changing when I… Continue Reading Long Night Against PROCRASTINATION is Back
On the heels of our Friday Forum on cheating, I discovered a student cheating on a test. Right in front of me, not subtly, just looking over at another student’s test! When students take exams, nothing is allowed on their desks. They must spread out. As I looked around during the exam, this student had… Continue Reading Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater!
I love group work. Students hate it–until they see what it CAN be. I found students to be so “allergic” to group work that I avoided it in my first years at NMC because students simply don’t want their grades negatively impacted by their peers. One of the things employers are most alarmed about is… Continue Reading I Love Group Work
All of the above I believe, and in all areas of life. Without the above, I’d still be sitting home or in the Grand Rapids airport, wondering what next. Instead, I made it to my flight on time for a conference presentation–despite Murphy’s Law appearing this morning (as it often does for our students). In… Continue Reading Is success because of grit, luck, preparation, support, or all of the above?