Monthly Archives: September 2014

Moving Beyond Memorization: Students Understanding Content and Concepts

— Mark L. Mitchell For years, one student question bothered me: “How can I do better on the tests?” Many times, it bothered me because the student and I both knew very well what the answer was: “Study more and study … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching, Technology | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Using Online Flashcards to Increase Student Engagement

– Darla Ausel Although students have been creating and using paper-based flashcards as a study tool for many years, technology has made it even easier to have flashcards anytime, anywhere that students have their cell phone, tablet, computer, etc. Mark Mitchell’s … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching, Technology | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Do We Need to Buy the Book?

— Jeanne M. Slattery My second chapter post-test was due Wednesday of the third week of class, my third on that Friday. To take the tests my students have to purchase access to the publisher’s site ($84 for the e-book … Continue reading

Posted in State of the university, Teaching | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Beyond Survival: Responding Creatively to Hard Times

– Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan Last year, the Workforce Plan did considerable damage to our beloved university and disrupted the lives of many – some of whom ended up leaving Clarion. This fall, Clarion University is still facing very difficult times. Yes, many … Continue reading

Posted in Professional development, State of the university | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Feeling Hopeless

Dear Ms. Scholar, I was hoping to go up for promotion soon, but since discovering that only one person was promoted across all ranks this year, I’m reconsidering my options. What do you think? — Feeling Hopeless Dear Feeling Hopeless, We … Continue reading

Posted in Professional development, State of the university | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What We Love About Our Jobs

– Melissa Downes, Mel Michel, Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan, and Jeanne Slattery Partners recently offered its annual retreat, which the four of us organized. One of our exercises was a discussion of what we love about our jobs, which we share here. … Continue reading

Posted in Professional development, Teaching | Tagged , , | 1 Comment