Posts By: David Ebenbach

What We’re Reading: Rigorous Reflection

illustration by Clare Reid In “Legitimating Reflective Writing in SoTL” (Sept. 2019, Teaching and Learning Inquiry), authors Alison Cook-Sather, Sophia Abbot, and Peter Felten argue that reflection—a powerful teaching and learning tool—is discounted by many teachers because of “dysfunctional illusions of rigor.”

What We’re Reading: Resourcefulness Can (and Should) be Taught

illustration by Clare Reid In “Interpreting Students’ Experiences with Academic Disappointments Using Resourcefulness Scores as a Lens” (2019, Teaching and Learning Inquiry), authors Rebecca Martin and Deborah Kennett describe their qualitative study of twenty college students who had experienced academic disappointments. Crucially, these students varied in terms of resourcefulness (defined here as the ability to… Read more »

When the News Hits Our Students

Many of us are struggling to adapt to a news cycle that, these days, regularly delivers disturbing and even horrifying news. Many of our students are struggling, too. They may have personal connections or reactions to a variety of things being talked about in the media: ongoing gun violence, and especially the recent attack against… Read more »

Getting Past Overpreparation

Here’s a question you probably don’t hear very often as you begin a semester: Are you too prepared for your classes? But that’s the question professor James Lang of Assumption College asks in his essay “How to Prepare for Class Without Overpreparing,” now up on the Chronicle of Higher Education website. As Lang argues, “the college… Read more »

A Reading List for Summer and Beyond

With the semester winding down, are you looking for a few excellent books for your summer reading list? CNDLS has you covered. In our new Teaching Commons Bibliography, you’ll find a treasure trove of readings—articles and books—on a range of teaching and learning topics. Maybe you’ll want to dig into the complexities of mentoring with… Read more »