Teaching with Objects, Part 4

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…

Teaching with Objects, Part 2

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…

The Value of an Education

Once in a while, it’s worth thinking back to why – not what – we learn. XKCD’s Randall Munroe nails it in today’s comic (and don’t forget to scroll over for some bonus text): Yes. There is value in learning, no matter what subject you’re talking about. Even the most esoteric learning experience offers enrichment…

Around the Web: Text and Context

This past week, New York City released individual performance rankings for its teachers, and The New York Times posted the numbers. Also in The New York Times, Michael Winerip waxed sarcastic on the trouble with numbers—these particular numbers are outdated and subject to a giant margin of error, but even if they were accurate, imagine “how…

This Week at the Bok Center

Ever wondered what exactly goes on at the Bok Center? Here’s a quick glance at this week, by the numbers: 119  TFs (at least) will visit the Bok Center 12  sections will be videotaped for later review with a Bok Center Associate Director or Departmental Teaching Fellow. The sections represent diverse departments and Gen Ed…

Around the Web: the Who and the What

In advance of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case about affirmative action in college admissions, Census figures show that more people than ever are getting bachelor’s degrees, but the race gap is widening, and an article in Harvard Business School Working Knowledge discusses Harvard professor Michael I. Norton’s findings that people are never really…

Reflections on Winning a Teaching Award

As you already know if you’ve ever gotten a 4.48 on the end-of-semester Q evaluations, 4.5 can feel like an arbitrary cut-off. It’s a score high enough to win you a teaching award from the Bok Center (thanks, Bok Center!), but also feels like the proverbial A-/B+. How do I interpret this? One problem is that…