Trip Report: Saturday on the Couch

Saturday, 1/13/2018 Trip Report: My Couch (southern segment)  Weather: 70 degrees, low humidity, 100% chance of ungraded essays.  I planned for today’s trip by checking the weather forecast carefully throughout yesterday evening and then not setting my alarm for this morning. Awakening at a slovenly 7am, I quickly loaded my gear onto the coffee table … Continue reading Trip Report: Saturday on the Couch

Empathy and Time Management

Compelled to watch a time-management TED talk at a meeting recently, I had the opportunity to reflect on the overlap between the speaker’s perspective and some issues I’ve been struggling with in the classroom this autumn, in particular our culture's seemingly diminishing capacity to engage in empathetic understanding and how best to encourage that understanding … Continue reading Empathy and Time Management

Let’s Stop Talking About Failure

Photo Credit The American college admissions process is perceived by my students to be a zero-sum, Hobbesian, juggernaut. Advanced Placement classes proliferate to serve the insatiable gods of Achievement and Rigor, and panic attacks, sleep deprivation, and depression are as common in high schools as iced lattes. But suddenly a few years ago, adults in … Continue reading Let’s Stop Talking About Failure

Becoming Better Together: Re-Thinking The Faculty In-Service

Photo Credit The academic summer vacation is a long, tranquil mix of relaxation and productivity. Murder mysteries vie for attention with monographs, time with family alternates with professional development, and the active badgers the contemplative to get up and out, exploring and doing. Active, we’re nagged by a feeling of intellectual irresponsibility, while contemplative hours … Continue reading Becoming Better Together: Re-Thinking The Faculty In-Service