97 days to fall

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

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 …

99 days to fall

A couple of weeks ago, I caught most of Josh Eyler‘s talk to Plymouth State University’s OPEN CoLab about building a post-pandemic future for higher ed. (missed it? You can watch the excellent talk here.) There were a dozen fruitful threads that emerged from his talk — and the incredibly active chat and live-tweeting that …

100 Days to Fall

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 …

books arranged on a curve

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 …

yin and yang

Defense against the liberal arts?

** With apologies to Harry Potter fans for butchering the line. I spend about six hours a week staring at a video feed of myself whilst holding virtual office hours (which I call drop-in student hours, because not everyone knows what “office hours” means). During that time, I typically have very few students actually swing …

a solitary bench

Remembering RBG

At 6:34 pm (central) on Friday, September 18, my cell phone pinged to alert me to an incoming text message. I glanced at the screen. My pulse accelerated rapidly at the two words that appeared under the name of a former student–one with whom I traveled to Washington, DC, last May for a two-week learning …

A person holding a paper cut-out heart

Empathy at work

I recently blogged about a variety of things clustered around emotion at work — psychological safety, leadership in challenging times, etc. — and did so in a vague-ish way, because I’m painfully aware that I’m not in a position to speak freely about some of the trickier aspects of my work life. You can deduce …

meerkats

No hard feelings…?

I’ve wanted to write this blog post for a long time. Maybe as long as a year — maybe more. But when I read the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, by Liz Fosslien & Mollie West Duffy, I knew it was time. But any time you want to …