Author Archives: Jeanne Slattery

Making It Right

– Valerie Lorient I am a Haitian immigrant and a nontraditional student. I have experienced domestic violence and had mental health problems as a result. My financial resources have often been limited. It has been a long time coming, but … Continue reading

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Task-Based Instruction: Creating and Doing in the French Classroom

– Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan As I am preparing to retire after some 30 years of having taught French at the college level (that is, if I count my years as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow at Pitt), I occasionally ponder … Continue reading

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Inquiry Seminars: Am I Teaching?

– Paul Woodburne In the fall of 2018, I taught my first Inquiry Seminar on computer games.  I first discussed this class some years ago when Shannon Nix was still here.  Usually when I start a class in a 15-week … Continue reading

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Race in the Classroom

– Jeanne M. Slattery When I first started teaching in the 1980s, I was well-intentioned and, per discussions on campus, had begun addressing race in my classes. Doing so, it was argued, should help address issues of retention and graduation. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Horses, Students, and Teaching

  – Kathleen A. Welsch Horses and students are a lot alike. To the average individual that may seem a strange comparison, but it’s one I learned to recognize from working with my thoroughbred, Casey, and one that has contributed … Continue reading

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What Teaching and Professional Triathlon Have in Common

– Kim Schwabenbauer I never wanted to become a teacher.  I saw my mother put in long hours during weeknight evenings and weekends during the semester, preparing her lectures and grading assignments.  I often asked her why it was worth … Continue reading

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Jenga

– Jeanne M. Slattery I walked into my Introduction to Counseling class last semester and, after doing announcements about upcoming assignments, set up a game of Jenga. I didn’t introduce it, didn’t say what we were doing or why. I … Continue reading

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