On Movie Nights

Claude Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi gave me an epiphany when I read about “arranging informal cross-group conversations” in Chapter 9, on reducing identity and stereotype threat. I have a hunch that some of the interventions described in the chapter may have a broader effect on reversing underperformance than mitigation of stereotype threat. As a student club advisor, …

Savor the Emotions

Paul Silvia’s article Knowledge Emotions may hold some clues for successfully integrating feature films into instruction, something that intrigues and fascinates me. I have a hunch that providing the class with a common emotional experience and a set of scenarios to frame learning later in the course is an effective way to foster deep learning, leading …

Fork† ABET

Is it time to kick ABET to the curb? ABET’s proposed dilution of student outcome criteria, which will effectively reduce the breadth of engineering education, may be the death knell of ABET. Various stakeholders are invested in decades of evolution in engineering education.   By all accounts, communication skills, teamwork skills, and an understanding of the engineering profession’s …

Reflections of Learning

Alfie Kohn makes the decades-old case against grades (and against tests, in his referenced posts) come alive by speaking to the very issues that trouble me and make me long for a different job. I have spent years in pursuit of perfection in my grading, in designing tests that are more foolproof against cheating, and in …

More hugs please

My dual roles of teacher and learner help me be mindful that I am not just tasked with fostering an engaging, meaningful, significant, life-changing, experiential learning community for my students; I am a member of the learning community in my own right, accorded by my humanity.* Intense demands of the job that force me–voluntarily–to put the priorities of …

Free Hugs: Today Only

After watching Dr. Michael Wesch’s video (again), it was obvious that I need to draw my inspiration from the usual source, my students.  So tonight in class, I am showing the video and providing this response prompt:   QUESTION 1 Please give me one adjective to describe how you feel about the near future, a …