Posts Categorized: resources

Teaching Through National Upheaval

image by Rosie Kerr The transition from one Presidential administration to the next is usually peaceful in the United States. In recent months, however, the process has become chaotic, heated, and violent. Events of this magnitude are sure to be on students’ minds when we start the spring semester. How should you handle the situation… Read more »

What We’re Learning About Learning: CNDLS’ New Podcast!

In an effort to expand our conversations around teaching and learning, CNDLS is pleased to announce its new podcast series: What We Are Learning About Learning. In order to be as helpful as possible to faculty currently designing their Spring 2021 courses, in our inaugural episode we are focusing on lessons gained by our students… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Opening Paths to Belonging

illustration by Clare Reid There’s more than one way for students to develop a sense of belonging; that’s the message from “Multiple Paths to Belonging That We Should Study Together,” a 2019 article by Jennifer L. Hirsch and Margaret S. Clark. But, given that this article was published before the pandemic, reading it now also… Read more »

Thank Goodness: The Benefits of Gratitude in the Classroom

With most of a challenging semester behind us and Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s a good time to think about gratitude. More specifically, it’s an opportunity to consider the potential power of fostering gratitude in our students. This doesn’t require training. According to research, faculty and students—who have lately been through a lot—have a lot… Read more »

Teaching Around the Election: Facilitating a Deeper Exploration

Our first post on teaching around the election offered four potential responses to the elections—flexibility, acknowledgement, expression, and exploration—and in our second we took a deeper dive into facilitating student expression. With this final post, we’ll look at pedagogical techniques to help students explore the results of the elections by engaging in such activities as… Read more »

Teaching Around the Election: Space for Student Expression

In my last post on teaching around the election, we looked at four general strategies for helping students through the potential disruption of the 2020 elections: flexibility, acknowledgement, expression, and exploration. In this post we’re diving more deeply into the third element:  creating space for students to express their experience and ideas. 

Teaching Around the Election: Flexibility, Acknowledgement, and Other Strategies

photo by Element5 Digital Regardless of one’s political views, the 2020 election is unlike any other in recent history, and perhaps unique with regard to its potential impact on higher education. For a variety of reasons, anxiety runs high among our students—both undergraduate and graduate and in particular among marginalized student populations—and much of that… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Refusing the University

image by Clare Reid On September 23rd, students, staff, and faculty participated in the first of three conversations hosted by the Doyle Program on anti-racism in higher education. (The next session is on November 11th.) As a point of entry into the conversation, we read “Refusing the University” by Sandy Grande, associate professor and Chair… Read more »