Confronting Sexist Language and Behaviors in the College Classroom

This post is part of the “Fair Harvard?” series by Aubry Threlkeld.  A discussion about the Cultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning at Harvard  So I have been raging about two things recently. Sexist language used by students toward professors and teaching fellows, and the general objectification of women in higher education. These concerns are…

New Academic Year, New Academic Challenges

Here at Harvard, the Bureau of Study Counsel is a resource center for students’ academic and personal development.  Bureau services include: academic/personal counseling, workshops and discussion groups, Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, peer tutoring, English as a Second Language peer consultation, referral to other services and resources, either within or outside the Harvard…

Teaching Tips- Planning Your Section in the Sciences

We are just winding down from an excellent Fall Teaching Conference, held last Wednesday and Thursday at Sever Hall.  Among the many helpful sessions offered to new and experienced graduate student Teaching Fellows was a session titled “Planning Your Section in the Sciences.”  Presented by Kelly Miller and Emily Jacobs-Palmer, the session offered practical advice…

How Shall We Raise the Children?

Once upon a time there was a man who saw something that made him uncomfortable. To his mind, children are full of potential for good. Indeed, he thought, nurturing this promise is what can most effectively support the chance that in due time they will actually become good. The man decided that the task of…

Great Teaching, Great Power

What is great teaching? As learners, we know it when we see it. Sometimes it confronts us immediately and sometimes it takes years to become apparent, but eventually the gift of great teaching makes itself known. I know it in the flashes of ‘ah hah!’ or the echoes of insistent questions still prompting me years…