Sharpening Your Think-Pair-Share Game

At a conference in 2011, I saw a speaker use a think-pair-share exercise with a room of more than 200 strangers. Within two minutes, he could barely quiet the room and the following conversation was rich and meaningful. I have used this strategy heavily in my classroom ever since.

Even though I am a firm believer in this discussion method, I am not always the best practitioner.

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Tidbit – What’s in a Nombre?

Have you used the new Say My Name feature from NoteBowl to learn how to pronounce your students names? This article from Inside Higher Ed explores the importance of using and correctly pronouncing the names of Hispanic and Latino students in the New York City school system, and how this impacts their later learning.

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How a Pandemic can Inform our Syllabi

As I write, the Delta variant is still spreading and health protocols are in flux. But there are several things we have learned from the pandemic with regard to teaching. Prior to the pandemic, I was little aware of the trauma our students and colleagues experience. This has made me rethink how I approach and interact with both.

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What do I do while stirring the pot for dinner?

Dr. Julie Mujic, visiting assistant professor in the global commerce program and coordinator for faculty partnerships with the Knowlton Center, has a recent opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed, How academic parents and others can make the best use of brief in-between moments. Julie gives five practical tips on taking advantage of those brief in-between times to stay intellectually active.

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Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice

Looking to add to your summer reading list? The American Psychological Association has created a new text: Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice. The book comprises 18 stand-alone chapters which help “educators tackle common and challenging dilemmas that arise in today’s classroom—such as diversity, privilege, and intersectionality.” Please let us know if interested in exploring in a group.

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A Return to Better

As we look to the fall and the promise of vaccinations, herd immunity, and decreased disease prevalence, it is tempting to leave behind the challenging lessons of the last 16 months. However, we have learned too much to just “snapback to normal” as Josuoa Kim argues in his IHE piece, Avoiding the “snapback.”

As Arundhati Roy notes:

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.

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