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Grades Are In

So, I got all of my grades in on time, as crazy as it was. Many of my students were scared for their grade, but I think most of them were very satisfied with it. I had one student though that questioned his grade, trying to get me to bump him up to a C […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teaching Statistics

Teaching introductory statistics (Psy 107), was and still is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I was told by others in my field that it would be easy because it was simply intro stats, nothing complicated. However, teaching the basics to 50 students from varying backgrounds and little to no formal training in statistics […]

Talking about white privilege

Last week I talked about white privilege in my class. It is not easy to talk about race and unearned privileges that come with skin color. There are of course privileges associated with higher education, speaking standard American English, and even with gender. But I find it particularly difficult to talk about race and the […]