How Your Students Can Get You Fired

Those of us who teach remotely controversial topics now have reasons to be more alarmed. It appears that a group of graduate students at the University of Kansas succeeded at having their professor relieved of her teaching duties for mentioning (not using) the N-word during a class discussion on race. I will explain the difference […]

Technology to the rescue!

‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and all the students were already mentally checked out. How to help them focus? I was looking for a fun, interactive, activity for the last class before the break. I decided to use Google Forms to engage my ESL students while teaching them about Thanksgiving.

A colleague of mine at […]

Frustrated – making students happy versus giving them what they deserve

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I had some extra time so might as well get out some frustration, right? I am currently teaching a 107 lecture course, which I am happy to be teaching, for the first time, and so much has gone wrong, ranging from broken projector to exams not […]

Creative Writing is Experiential Learning!

Abstract: Creative writing gives students a chance to experience a topic in a new way and lets students try on an alternate persona. Also, I muse about how to include creative writing in a math class.

At the Experiential Learning Lunch on October 21, 2015, we had a lively discussion about creative writing and why […]

Experiential Learning Lunch on 21 Oct 2015

Abstract: We highlight a few of the innovative teaching techniques that were presented in October’s Experiential Learning Lunch.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, twenty-eight members of the Queens College community assembled for a lunch discussion devoted to Experiential Learning. (Learn more about our group.) I had asked participants to prepare a 2-3 minute discourse about […]

The Experiential Learning Group at Queens College

Abstract: This post is a quick introduction to our college’s experiential learning group. What is experiential learning? What happens in a group meeting?

I’ve been participating in a teaching and learning group at Queens College focused on Experiential Learning since it was founded in 2012 when Grace Davie (QC History) was taking the lead. This […]

Culture Shock (via iphone)

It happened rapidly. And it was confusing. First came the loud buzzing of fifteen cell phones vibrating at once. I was about to admonish my students (yet again) for not turning off their phones, when I noticed that mine was also glowing. An Amber Alert was about to take my class on an unexpected tangent […]