Tagged with first year experience

(How) To Lecture or Not to Lecture…That is the Question

(How) To Lecture or Not to Lecture…That is the Question

This fall I am teaching a new course: Ethnographies of Education. This is a two part sociology course: in the fall the students will learn sociological terms and theories about schooling and they will conduct their own ethnographic research on a student/teacher/professor to answer a simple research question related to schooling/education; in the spring they … Continue reading

The Importance of Pause & Self-Reflection

The Importance of Pause & Self-Reflection

Part of our first year experience curriculum includes self-reflection essays. During these essays, students are meant to pause–think–and write about what has happened to them as learners in the past 6 weeks, 12 weeks, etc. These are my FAVORITE essays to read because I learn a lot about how they see themselves, my class, our … Continue reading

Peer Review Lessons from 1st Grade

Peer Review Lessons from 1st Grade

My daughter Alexandra is rocking it in 1st grade. Seriously. Unlike last year when she cried every morning of kindergarten for six weeks, she hit the ground running this year and has been happy since day one. It has been an enormous relief. Although school started only six weeks ago, we have already had two … Continue reading

Why We Write

Why We Write

The transition from teaching high school to teaching college is far more challenging than I anticipated, but the element that I find most challenging is the infrequency in which I see my students. Granted, this semester has been a bit like riding the Cyclone at Coney Island–a rickity-jerky century-old wooden roller coaster that leaves you … Continue reading