Tag: critical thinking

Bah humbug, numbers never tell the entire story: in defense of critical thinking, meaningful educational relationships, and of course, Shimer College

Bah humbug, numbers never tell the entire story:  in defense of critical thinking, meaningful educational relationships, and of course, Shimer College
Last week, I was called a radical when it came to education. I suppose I am. I don’t believe in grades, though I do believe in timely feedback on student work. I understand why some parents have no interest in sending their children to school because some children truly get nothing out of school. I... Read more »

Infuse joy and fun in your classroom: Carnival (like Mardi Gras), education style

Infuse joy and fun in your classroom:  Carnival  (like Mardi Gras), education style
Yes.  I’m a little late for Mardi Gras, but not for class—or usage of “Carnival” tactics in class.  In my current creativity class, we studied Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher who wrote extensively about dialogue and the importance of dialogue in the classroom and in life.   Put simply, Bakhtin believed that dialogue—even an utterance—is critical... Read more »

Look who’s talking now: VoiceThreads are a novel way to spark "classroom" dialogue

I’ll start at the end. A few days ago, I tried something new—making a VoiceThread. Simple, I thought. Hardly, but don’t back away. This is a terrific device and though my current VoiceThread is not my best piece, I’m game to try it again—even though I sometimes fumble with technology. Why? Because it encourages students... Read more »
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An educator to watch: Dr. Susan Henking, incoming President of Shimer College

Remember the movie, Multiplicity. It was about a man who didn’t have enough time to do all of the things he wanted to do, so he reproduced himself. Wish I could do that this week. I’m missing my first presidential inauguration, the inauguration of Susan Henking as the 14th President of Shimer College. Though I’ve... Read more »