Category Archives: Teaching

The Language We Use

– Jeanne M. Slattery and Melissa K. Downes Words matter. Words can hurt another person’s feelings. The words we use and the words we hear can hide people’s strengths or help people recognize their abilities (e.g., pathology-focused vs. Person First … Continue reading

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Reflections on Discussion-Based Classrooms

– Melissa K. Downes When I was being interviewed for my job here at Clarion, one of my soon-to-be colleagues asked me what I would do if no one talked in my classes. I told him I found it difficult … Continue reading

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Student-centered and Teacher-centered Classrooms

– Jeanne M. Slattery I used this John Francis TED talk below in my freshman inquiry seminar, Living Life Well, because it raised interesting questions about wellness. Was Francis well? By what definitions? He didn’t talk for 17 years – … Continue reading

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Dear “Disrespected”

Dear Ms. Scholar, I clearly tell my students that there’s no texting in class; nonetheless, there’s a small group in one class who do. This bothers me for several reasons: it feels disrespectful, my student’s performance in class is compromised, … Continue reading

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Ten (Unproven) Ways to Build a Growth Mindset

– Jeanne M. Slattery Like you, I want my students to succeed. I want my students to see themselves as capable of personal, academic, and professional success. Unfortunately, many of our students see themselves as incapable of success: “I can’t … Continue reading

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Final Assignments: What Did We Learn?

– Jeanne M. Slattery The end of the semester is a time for reflection. My final class assignment is often some type of reflection about the semester. In my internship course, I ask my students to evaluate their experiences both … Continue reading

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Everything Is Easy… Until It’s Hard

– Melissa K. Downes Earlier this term, Hand in Hand published Paul Woodburne’s essay, “Everything is Hard – Until It Is Easy.” As Jeanne and I read it over and edited it for publication, I knew it was a good essay, … Continue reading

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