Tag Archives: critical thinking

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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Run Away From Home to See the World (More Clearly)

– Jeanne M. Slattery I’m reading – and enjoying – Sandra Cisneros’s (2015) A House of My Own. Cisneros describes her travels around the world and the ways that her writing has been affected by the places she’s lived. At … Continue reading

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Chekhov Caribbean-Style and Other Adventures in Teaching Literature

– Ellen Foster I spent the 2014/2015 academic year teaching English at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) St. Thomas campus. As a veteran professor assigned a typical load of first-year writing and introductory literature courses, I expected my … Continue reading

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General Education survey: What’s most important?

— Jeanne M. Slattery, Mark Mitchell, Randy Potter, Melissa K. Downes Recently, the Institutional and Student Learning Assessment Committee (ISLAC), reported the results of the General Education Disposition/Skills survey. Briefly, faculty respondents believe our students most need to improve their … Continue reading

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Dear Buried Alive

Dear Ms. Scholar, A project I’ve been working on has been cancelled and I’ve been given another course — more than I’ve ever taught. In the Spring I had 125 students. I emphasize critical thinking in my teaching, so every … Continue reading

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