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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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Syllabus by Design: Writing With the Student in Mind

– Ellen Foster Teachers of writing emphasize the importance of audience to their students. But do we teachers pay enough attention to audience when we’re writing our syllabi? Our syllabi, of course, have multiple audiences: our students, our peer evaluators, … Continue reading

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The Courage to Teach

— John Ernissee I retired from Clarion in 2007. Looking back at my 23 years of teaching, I find that I have a persistent sense of regret, a nagging feeling of failure, magnified by the realization that I had, at … Continue reading

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Reflecting on why I teach the way I do

— Naomi Bell O’Neil Growing up on a farm, the world was my classroom. I literally spent my days exploring in the fields and woods, creating all sorts of imaginations that filled my head with dreams and goals. My dad … Continue reading

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