Great teachers lead their students into new fields to stand beneath rushing waters and feel the possibilities of the worlds they inhabit.
Teaching does not supplant writing, and the artist at some deeply significant level remains always a teacher.
Reflections on the Fall 2018 term, another gratifying semester with enthusiastic and inquisitive students.
As the Thanksgiving break approaches, the end of the semester is in sight. I will be traveling next week as students prepare their presentations and final papers.
Everyone needs to “make a living,” but the economics of life are secondary to making a point, making a difference.
A piece of wisdom from an experienced teacher that has been valuable in my own teaching but also an important life lesson.
John (Fire) Lame Deer’s essay about the 1970 occupation of Mount Rushmore highlights a monumental clash between two visions of sacred land.
Is Elvis a religion? Students explore this and other questions, including whether Elvis really left the building, or is he still with us in ways we never imagined?
Great teaching is less about what is being taught and more about the impact it has on learners. If student lives are not changed in their learning, what is the point of education?
Perhaps we can begin to move toward better student learning by reflecting on our own learning. Most professors did not become experts in their field by listening to what others thought was important.