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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I have, in the past, asked ENG 112 students to research a debunked scientific theory or conspiracy theory that people still believe today. As they research, they must create a theory about why some folks to continue to hold that belief despite it being proven false. A former student whom I ran into outside of… Continue Reading “Your Conspiracy Theory Assignment Changed My Life”
Into the Arctic is a traveling exhibit that’s at the Dennos Museum until the end of the calendar year 2017. The exhibit provides incredible vistas of northern Canada painted en plein air under sometimes incredible conditions. In the videos that accompany the exhibit by Cory Trépanier — we see his family, his friends, his guides… Continue Reading Ekphrasis Into the Arctic at the Dennos
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 read an article in the New York Times this week called “Kids, Would you Please Start Fighting?” and I was struck by the thesis of the piece, especially as it relates to argument writing courses. The author discusses how argument is the genesis for creativity, and laments the fact that people do not always… Continue Reading How Can I Get My Students to Start Fighting?