Curriculum Design

Since I’m sick today, I decided to hold class online. Our goal for class was to talk about designing curriculum. I wrote a long note to my students covering what would have taken us 75 minutes to address in class–and what we will revisit throughout the semester. I know that …

Class Preparation

One of the things we don’t talk about enough as teachers is how much fun (yes, I mean it, fun) it is to prepare for a new class. Just before the holidays, my department chair asked me to teach a class in an entirely new area for me since one …

Teaching Revision

Yesterday in my Methods class, we focused on teaching revision strategies. I went to the old classic, Barry Lane’s After the End which has great ideas about how to teach revision. After skimming the book, I decided to model a specific strategy for my students, one that Lane calls “Growing …

CSU Faculty Furloughs

In response to the California budget crisis, CSU faculty voted to accept furloughs this academic year that would result in about a 10% cut to our pay. As expected, the CSU administration has failed to demonstrate that our furloughs have actually saved jobs. In fact, from what we’ve heard, next …

Embracing Questions in the Classroom

Every time I teach Teaching Methods, a class for students who have a B.A. and are starting their student teaching, I begin the semester by having my students read a chapter from Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. This chapter compares two approaches to education, “banking concept” and “problem posing.” …

Essay Prompts

When we want our students to write an essay, we need to communicate clearly. In the U.S., we talk about giving our students written “prompts” with the essay assignment. I like the word “prompt” because it reminds us that the written instructions can “prompt” student thinking and remind them of …