A profession of a teacher

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


Corn teaches us about diversity (or the consequences of the lack of diversity)

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)

12 Years Without any Grades…Kind of

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

I can’t play because I might lose

There is one problem with making learning into a game--you might lose.  As you were thinking about the stories and examples given in the readings for this week about getting people engaged in learning using 21st century tools or creative games, did you notice all of the failures and near-failures? Douglas Thomas, who created a… Continue reading I can’t play because I might lose

Blogging helped me learn by accident

I was required to write blog posts for a class I took my junior year of college.  In fact, I revived my old blog from that assignment in my junior year of college, for this semester’s blog posts (take a look at the posts I wrote for my Greenhouse Management class).  But after reading Gardener… Continue reading Blogging helped me learn by accident