Blog_02 - Geology 2012

Help me, Erin Salva!

This has to be a first in the history of Kenyon College.  After my lecture this morning I was informed by one of my students that she is allergic to my class.  Seriously, if I had made one decision differently this morning I might have been responsible for sending a student to the emergency room with a potentially life-threatening reaction.   Here is what happened…

Blog_01 – Geology 2012

Hello.  This is my first blog entry ever.

Today I want to share with you all the “innovative” and “essential” pedagogical techniques I hope to incorporate into my geology course during the fall 2012 term.  Of the topics covered by the six Essentials working groups at our recent faculty retreat, I will be employing five of these.  (Note, you could probably make a case for the sixth as well.)  At any rate, the five “essentials” that I plan on including are:

Mid-Term Course Evaluation Lunch

On October 5th, we hosted a lunch conversation at Common Ground about mid-term course evaluations. I found it interesting to compare faculty members' thoughts about getting formalized feedback while the class is going on, in contrast to the college-required course evaluation at the end. A customized evaluation can remind students of a course's goals, and give students a chance to reflect on their learning, so in a way it's a teaching tool as well as a feedback channel.


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