Category: Education

Beyond Final Papers, Beyond the Classroom

In the past few years, I’ve invested in assigning creative final projects for my upper division classes. Across the three institutions I’ve taught at as a tenure-track professor, the risk is high (because students loathe group work so they’re always giving me side-eye for assigning a group project as a requirement and sometimes it ends up the evals) and the outcomes of the projects … Read More Beyond Final Papers, Beyond the Classroom

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What do you write after a 2-year blog silence?

I haven’t published anything on this blog for a while now. And mostly, it’s kinda like when you had beef with your friend in high school and then you just don’t talk for a long time and then it becomes real awkward to even think about talking and then the distance just grows so you give up on talking. Yes, I likened my relationship … Read More What do you write after a 2-year blog silence?

Class Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Lesson objectives: Identify the main points and critiques of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Analyze the logics and critiques of the bill Explore the sociological links between immigration and race in the current contemporary political debate Resources: Students will have watched the film, “Lost in Detention” and read the below articles outlining the CIR bill and some critiques: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/senators-immigration-legislation-provisions/ http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/gang_of_eight_immigration_reform_details.html http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/summary_senate_immigration_reform_bill.html On the projector, … Read More Class Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Analog Girl in a Digital World

On the front page of the NYTimes is an article about the role of technology and student learning/teacher’s teaching. The article has an alarming affect, I was nervous about my use of the nets and computer devices as soon as I reached the bottom of page one. And then I continued. The author, Matt Ritchel, cites some neuroscientists who believes that the internet isn’t … Read More Analog Girl in a Digital World