Resources for Teachers: Arts @29 Garden!

An obvious question: Are you looking for a way to enhance your teaching section for your undergraduate students? A less obvious question: Do you teach a subject related to creative arts? If you answered yes to both and are looking for a space in which you can teach, create, rehearse or perform, then the Arts…

Multitasking

This post is part of the “Fair Harvard?” series by Aubry Threlkeld.  A discussion about the Cultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning at Harvard  Professors are worried about students who multitask during lecture and rightfully so. In the article cited below “The Laptop and the Lecture,” students who spend more time on task tend to…

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…

Suffering Fools Gladly?

by Pamela Pollock I’ve been thinking a lot about this David Brooks editorial I read last month. In the piece, Brooks discusses the dilemmas inherent in communicating with people we find foolish. He argues that it is not really a compliment to say that one doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and in fact it takes great…

A Reader Writes . . .

Frequent Bok Blog contributor and PhD candidate in Music Matthew Mugmon recently pointed me to a new technology, meant to facilitate classroom discussion. GoSoapBox is a customizable response tool that teachers can use to solicit real-time information from students – who no longer have to raise their hands. The idea is that students will feel less self-conscious…

Term Papers vs. Blog Posts: Are We Really Having This Argument?

The New York Times published a special section on “Education Life” today, which included a thought-provoking article by Matt Richtel on the increasingly common choice of blog posts as assignments in writing classes. Richtel quotes blog-friendly faculty like Professor Cathy N. Davidson of Duke University and Professor Andrea A. Lunsford of Stanford University, who argue that blog posts motivate…