91 days to fall: Finding my voice (and courage)

I wanted to share a little bit about the two presentations I’ll be giving in early June as part of the Teaching Professor Conference — a small portion of which is ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN PERSON (!!!) in New Orleans. I’ll talk more about this tomorrow, but today I thought I’d write a little about the …

92 days to fall: The joy of working in coffee shops

On Thursday, right around the time a short line of students, faculty, and the college president were about to process into our campus gym for the 20-something-th commencement of the week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans no longer needed to wear a mask indoors to protect themselves from COVID-19 (the disease, not the …

95 days to fall: Incomplete grades

I’ve been doing an awful lot of thinking lately about incomplete grades. Namely, this: How many incomplete grades can and/or should an instructor award before it becomes excessive? As I started thinking about this blog post a few days ago, I did some Googling around to see if there were other like-minded academics mulling over …

96 days to fall: Experiments in #ungrading

On Monday, I wrote about my initial forays into ungrading in the spring semester; yesterday, I thought about some lessons learned in that effort. Today, I want to focus more on the nitty-gritty aspects of how I piloted this strategy last semester, with some very specific examples of how I implemented an ungrading-inspired (but not …

97 days to fall: Lessons learned from #ungrading experiments

Yesterday, I wrote about my initial foray into ungrading, inspired by the fabulous collection of essays Susan Blum edited, Ungrading. Today, I’m excited to share some lessons learned from my spring experimentations, ones that are particularly meaningful as I start planning for my summer semester, fully online course, which begins June 1. A look back …

98 days to fall: Thinking about #ungrading

Over my winter break, I read Ungrading, a collection of essays on the hows and whys of implementing this feedback-centered pedagogy in college classes (edited by the brilliant Susan Blum). It was then hot off the presses, and I devoured the book in a matter of a few days, armed with a highlighter, a stack …

100 Days to Fall: Launching a summer blog series

On May 7, my college hosted a 100 Day Countdown kickoff event — it was (basically) 100 days before the fall semester begins. I was honored to be invited to share a few faculty thoughts on our college’s move to (mostly) 7-week classes in the fall semester, and the whole thing was captured on a …

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My favorite reads of 2020

I’ve been getting excited about writing up my annual review of the best books I read last year … this is my fifth such annual review, and I have so much great stuff to share with you this year! According to Goodreads, I read 139 books, totaling 39,970 pages, in 2019. My reading productivity benefited …