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Some posts about teaching

Teaching to Learn

I have been teaching at the college level for over a decade. Before that, I taught high school. I have taught various aspects of film, writing and literature at a half-dozen institutions.  I enjoy teaching. I had wanted to do it since I was in junior high.  That said,...

First day teaching jitters

I've been teaching a pretty long time, and, until recently, I would still get jitters the day before the first day of teaching. I would often not be able to sleep, and would worry about times and locations of classes,obsessively checking rosters and making sure the...

Blogs in class

In yesterday's NYTimes, Matt Richtel has an article entitled "Blogs vs Term Papers," in which he sketches a debate about college writing. Cathy Davidson responds brilliantly, talking at length about her own experience with teaching methods that stray from the...

Teaching Film Censorship

In the last few weeks, I have given a few lectures on the Hays Code to film classes, and in one class we watched This Film Is Not Yet Rated, a film revealing the secrecy and inconsistencies of  the MPAA rating system.  After reading the "General Principles" of the...

Oh, the Humanities!

Everyone is talking about Brian Croxall's provocative MLA paper right now, so I might as well jump on the bandwagon.  Go read the paper, if you haven't already, but here's a quick summary: Brian couldn't go to MLA because he had no job interviews there and couldn't...

Teaching links

A lot of my readers have either just begun teaching or will this week, so I thought I would post a few education-related links that have caught my attention recently. I'm sure I've missed a bunch, so feel free to post more links in the comments. IHE has run a few...

Youtube Edu: Education in networked world

According to WSJ a few days ago, Youtube has added a section dedicated to education. It has a lot of lectures organized by "most viewed" or by university. I wonder how the emergence of more sites like these, as well as the rapid growth of online learning environments...

Teaching reflections

IHE has a post on the "ten commandments of lecturing", which is the type of thing I often find trite and repetitive, but for some reason I found this one a little refreshing and thought-provoking. The two I think I am best at are: VI. Thou Shalt Be Enthusiastic. My...

Teaching and politics, again

I promised I would give you my take on politics in the classroom, but it looks like I already did, a year ago. I am having students analyze various types of media to see if they can detect bias, and we are talking about academic bias as well. I get the sense that most...