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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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Dear Grossly Unequal

Dear Ms. Scholar, Recently I read that my university’s 6-year graduation rate for Black students is 1/3 that of White students. Any thoughts on this? What should we do? Dear Grossly Unequal, Yes, our 6-year graduation rate for White students … Continue reading

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Directing a Summer Study Abroad in France: Not a Free Vacation…

— Elisabeth M. Sauvage-Callaghan In the fall of 2013, I was asked by the Chair of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh if I would be willing to direct their Summer Study Abroad Program in … Continue reading

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Poetry Matters

— Hannah Gloeckl What started as an idea to produce a small service-learning project turned into a three-week literacy campaign, now called Poetry Matters. When Dr. Downes and I first brainstormed on the subject of my Honors project during the … Continue reading

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Intentional Risks

— Melissa K. Downes I don’t think of myself as a risk-taker. However, all our recent Hand in Hand discussions of risk-taking and pedagogy resonate powerfully for me. Over the last few years, I’ve been purposely seeking new teaching challenges … Continue reading

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Taking Risks and Giving Up Control

— Jeanne M. Slattery I decided to approach my classes differently this semester than I typically do. On our first day of class, I walked into my two inquiry seminars and asked them what they liked about college, what they … Continue reading

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View From the Back: Marité Rodriguez Haynes

— Jeanne M. Slattery My colleague, Marité Rodriguez Haynes, is retiring this May. I couldn’t let her escape without observing what a great colleague she has been (the best), but more importantly, describing the interesting things that she has been doing … Continue reading

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Service-Learning and Sexual Assault Prevention

— Kathleen McIntyre I have long wanted to integrate service-learning into my classroom. My commitment to social justice was shaped by my experience as an undergraduate student at Vassar College. My history and Spanish professors had strong connections to the … Continue reading

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Zombies, vampires, and ghosts―oh my!

― Jeanne M. Slattery (with Melissa K. Downes, ghostwriter) Right now, I am buried under exams and papers; however, Friday night Mark Mitchell and I stayed at Harvey Hall until 9:30pm with a bunch of vampires, witches, and wild animals. … Continue reading

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What makes great teaching?

— Jeanne Slattery What makes great teaching? In the last 20 years I’ve seen many different faculty in the classroom and, in my attempt to answer this question, have come up with many different answers, although some of these show … Continue reading

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