Tag Archives: critical thinking

Dorothy Moments

– Renae Shawgo “There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” – The Wonderful Wizard … 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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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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