There has been one post on this blog on the subject of “extra credit” work, and it drew some very good comments, but I feel that it should be brought up again.
I just returned graded midterm exams to students in my introductory courses. Inevitably, a handful of them expressed disappointment with their test scores. [...]
This semester I have my first student affiliated with the Office for Special Services for Students with Disabilities. I knew something was up when I assigned a four question introductory sheet that just asked students to explain why they were taking the class, what they hoped to get out of the course, what they thought [...]
Due to the large number of adjuncts professors who teach undergraduate Psychology courses, the Department of Psychology established two adjunct representative positions. The role includes being a liaison between the faculty and adjuncts professors by attending monthly departmental faculty meetings.
Most importantly, adjunct representatives organize meetings that provide opportunities for adjunct professors to meet each other [...]
Queens is the most diverse borough in all of New York City. Just the same, Queens College is filled with diversity, not just by ethnicity or race but by SES, education level and many other factors. These differences are wonderful and great to have on campus. However, the important question to ask here is, how [...]
I am embarking on a new adventure, teaching a class I’ve never taught before. I am very involved with the current literature on the subject, as it is what I plan to write my dissertation on, however teaching a group of students who may not be as passionate as I am about the subject seems [...]
Across the academy, instructors are being urged to incorporate more technology in their teaching; blended classrooms, flipped classrooms, and hybrid or online courses are trendy new pedagogy. Despite my belief that there are real benefits to the judicious use of technology in teaching and learning, I am concerned about the way in which the shift [...]
The semester is over. Grades are in. And now that we have evaluated student work, it’s time to read the evaluations that students have written about us and our work.
Plenty of other people have written better on how complicated evaluations are for adjuncts as people with precarious work situations, leading to problems like grade [...]