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Winding Down? No Way!
Yesterday may have been the last day of the semester, but at CTLT it felt more like “ramping up” than “winding down.” This place was jumping!! In the Instructional Resource Commons, more than 25 early-career faculty members enjoyed each other’s’ company over lunch from Noodles. The meal was followed by some great “food for thought” [...]
“We Don’t Know…”
“Maybe it’s just me…but I don’t know the purpose of this course and what we are supposed to be learning,” the timid young student in the back of the classroom quietly says. Thirty heads nod in agreement as they turn to look back at me. I try to remain neutral as I ask the students [...]
Disco Balls and Teaching
Normally, the ITDC building (that’s the official name of the building where CTLT is located) is a hopping place with faculty coming in and out for meetings, consultations, workshops, getting their exams scored, and, often, just hanging out because we’re such a fun group of people to be around. However, it was pretty quiet here [...]
The Student from H-E-Double-Toothpicks?
The way we diagnose our students’ condition will determine the kind of remedy we offer…The common diagnosis, to put it bluntly, is that our “patients” are brain-dead…That caricature highlights a truth: our assumption that students are brain-dead leads to pedagogies that deaden their brains. When we teach by dripping information into their passive forms, [...]