• The Term When Things Went Wrong

    What happens when your plans for a term suddenly don’t work? How do you adjust? This fall, I’ve had to do some hard thinking about these questions. If you follow this blog, you know that I disappeared in m...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Can your students fix these bad survey questions?

    Do you cover survey research in your Intro Psych course? Given the prevalence of bad surveys, I’m starting to think I should spend more time on it.   For a seemingly unlimited supply of bad survey question...
    Sue Frantz
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  • The Link Between Teaching and Research

      I just returned from a meeting sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the subject of strengthening undergraduate education. Led by Pam Grossman, Dean of Education at the University of Pennsy...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • When Should We Trust Our Gut?

    “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me,” explained President Trump in stating why he believed Federal Reserve interest rate hikes were a mistake....
    David Myers
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  • Ending the Semester with a Smile

    The topic for this week’s blog came to me in a dream: I was handing out a 10-page exam to students in US History II when I realized I did not have enough copies for the entire class. I ran back to my office to p...
    Suzanne McCormack
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  • Art, Vocabulary and Writing: Connecting the Dots

    Guest Blogger: Michelle Kaschak is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She teaches IRW courses, first-year composition, and upper-level social science and technical writing cou...
    Miriam Moore
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  • FLYER | Back to Basics

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  • Multimodal Mondays:  Teaching Visual Rhetoric for Accessibility with Alt-Texts

    Today’s guest blogger is Dustin Ledford, a graduate student at Kennesaw State University working toward a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. He teache...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Reflections: Journeys in First-Year Writing

    There are moments in our teaching lives that can feel epic, as much for what happens outside the classroom as inside. This semester was my first semester teaching in New York City after five years away, and it has oft...
    Susan Naomi Bernstein
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  • Alex, what is Composition Jeopardy?

    Ok, it's the end of the semester. We're wiped out, students are wiped out, and we're either slogging or sprinting to the due date for the final essay in Comp I. The other night at dinner, I got the nutty idea that we ...
    Michelle Clark
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  • Today in the History of Psychology: An Intro to the Intro Course

    The next term is on the horizon. Looking for a different way to introduce your students to the course?   Today in the History of Psychology database, created by Warren Street (Central Washington University, Emer...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Flipping for Beginners - Tips and Tricks

    Introduction. I wrote this post primarily for professors that might be considering flipping their classrooms. The tips and tricks below I developed while teaching General Chemistry to freshmen for eight years at Angel...
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  • Homework as Engagement

    It's a beautiful day in the land of Flipped Chemistry. The students arrive with bright eyes and inquiring minds. They've done the reading, achieved a basic mastery of the concepts, and are now ready to polish their ne...
    John Osterhout
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  • Using Talk for Learning and Invention During the Composing Process

    Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue, an associate professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts.   In 2016, I engaged...
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  • When Reason Must Win

    In the recent powerful Paul Schrader film First Reformed, a young couple seek counseling from the minister of a tiny historic church in upstate New York, played by Ethan Hawke. The wife is expecting their first child,...
    Donna Winchell
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  • How to Get Students to Talk in Class: Strategies for Making a Quiet Class Talk and Encouraging Class Participation

    In the classroom, how long do you typically wait for students to respond after you ask them a question?   One second, three, ten seconds, twenty?   If a student doesn’t readily know an answer or si...
    Stacey Cochran
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  • Pinball Wizards: or the Brave New World of Gamification

    As I've noted before, I once participated on an online forum where the participants quarreled a lot. One of the things they griped about was the way that some members "padded" their post count with lots of very brief ...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Said Out of Order: Helping Students Interpret Subtext in Drama

      This week's featured guest blogger is Joseph Couch Professor at Montgomery College.   “I think she’s a gold digger,” quite a few of my students once said during a discussion of...
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  • Does Exercise Benefit as Much as Smoking Harms?

    If you, dear reader, can indulge some slightly geeky calculations, I hope to show you that with daily exercise you can live a substantially longer and happier life. Indeed, per the time invested, exercise will benefit...
    David Myers
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  • Should We Delete Social Media?

      On November 24, S. Matthew Liao wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times titled “Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?” Liao, who teaches philosophy and bioethics at NYU, examines a number ...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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