If you haven't read the story from the Chronicle of Higher Education, "I don't know how to ask for help" about the anxiety and stress that students face in college, you should. The article gives a short summary of the issue of student anxiety and the study that was done by Active Minds, but the… Continue reading Student Anxiety: “How can I help?”
I compared the mission statements of two of the schools I attended during my undergraduate degree: University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) and Olds College, in Alberta, Canada. These two schools are similar in many ways but are also different. And they are connected through a reciprocal tuition agreement, so that students from these… Continue reading Everything or just a few things
This semester I am enrolled in a class called Preparing the Future Professoriate at Virginia Tech. Like last semester I will be writing blogs posts about topics in higher education. Stay tuned.
The word "professional" originally ment a person who made a profession of faith in the midst of a disheartening world. --Parker Palmer I like this description of what it means to be a professional because it has helped me think about why I want to be a teacher and what I experience as I try… Continue reading A profession of a teacher
After being introduced to diversity statements in class two weeks ago I have been on the look form them. A few days in an email advertising an Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology position at University of California Riverside another mention of diversity statements. Until this semester I had never heard any of my professors, friends… Continue reading Corn teaches us about diversity (or the consequences of the lack of diversity)
This week, because of the readings and my experience in the class I am teaching, I have been reminded that my teaching style will evolve and change and I should celebrate that. I think my teaching style is starting to change, or at least the teaching style I am using currently. I have 2 years… Continue reading The second album
Alfie Kohn's article, “The Case Against Grades”, discusses some really interesting ideas about how to eliminate grading and encourage learning. I can image for many of you these ideas may seem crazy and totally not doable, but I'm here to say it is not and share my experiences. I was home schooled for all of… Continue reading 12 Years Without any Grades…Kind of