Category: Teaching

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?

The Presentation of Dave in Everyday Life

  Two nights ago, R and I, along with some friends in Portland, went to go see Dave Chappelle on his new comedy tour. It was my first time seeing a comedy show live. I’d followed Dave’s career from The Chappelle Show and was always inspired by the way he kept it real about race and racism. This show, probably reflective Dave’s whole tour … Read More The Presentation of Dave in Everyday Life

C. Wright Mills and The Wu Tang Clan

 The Wu Tang Clan C. Wright Mills In the first week of my Intro to SOC class, I assigned students an essay called, “Society’s Impact On You” to help them apply what C. Wright Mills calls, “The Sociological Imagination.” Before I set them off to write this biographical exercise in the sociological imagination (teacher note: this was also an excellent way to get to … Read More C. Wright Mills and The Wu Tang Clan

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

Learning Online

In some respects as an Instructional Technology Fellow, I really understand what its like to improve classes with technology both for undergraduates and for professors. I see how taking advantage of young people’s dexterity with the internet and their “gadgets” can actually be helpful for learning. But I am totally uneasy with the the intimacy between technology and capitalism in education. Yesterday, I read … Read More Learning Online

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