Educated graduates need an awareness about the changing global climate and how every subject of study is implicated and connected to the future wellbeing of the planet’s environments.
What happens between teacher and student, as well as between parent and child, between intimates and colleagues, at its best involves changes that bring “more enlightened living in the world.”
My most powerful classroom learning strategy is open discussion. The best discussions have clear learning goals, adequate student preparation, and a safe environment.
Alabama football, religious memes, new films and books — I join the students as a learner in a course that never ceases to teach.
Teaching at its best involves an expansive process of co-learning: thoughts about teaching, learning, grades, and the people we become in the learning process.
No writing is perfect. Here are some common things to avoid in student papers so that you can show your brilliance.
Be a teacher in what you do, what you say, what you write, how you act, how you relate to others, who you are. Always be a teacher. We must all resist the hatred, ignorance, and meanness of those in power in our own way with our own talents and skills. For me, that means to be a teacher, always, everywhere, with everyone. ♨
Marilyn Robinson Waldman was a demanding but good-humored teacher and an exemplary public intellectual, a model of scholarly relevance whose passion and generosity we might all aspire to. She is also the reason I never teach outdoors. ♨