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A Lesson Plan for Democratic Co-Creation: Forging a Syllabus by Students, for Students | Christina Katopodis
On the first day of class, I asked my students (individually and then in pairs, using Think-Pair-Share) to determine their goals and priorities for the year. Then, in larger groups, students revised and added to parts of the syllabus to ensure they would achieve their goals. Coming together for open discussion on the second day of class, students deliberated on (and voted to implement) changes to multiple elements of our course syllabus. In the process, we learned in real-time, through experience, how amendments (friendly and not) change key words and phrases before laws become ratified. We also learned the pains of majority voting and tried to reconcile that with what would have happened if we had practiced consensus voting.
pedagogy  democracy  syllabus 
15 hours ago by rybesh
Why They Can't Write
"There seems to be widespread agreement that—when it comes to the writing skills of college students—we are in the midst of a crisis. In Why They Can’t Write, John Warner, who taught writing at the college level for two decades, argues that the problem isn’t caused by a lack of rigor, or smartphones, or some generational character defect. Instead, he asserts, we’re teaching writing wrong.
"Warner blames this on decades of educational reform rooted in standardization, assessments, and accountability. We have done no more, Warner argues, than conditioned students to perform "writing-related simulations," which pass temporary muster but do little to help students develop their writing abilities. This style of teaching has made students passive and disengaged. Worse yet, it hasn’t prepared them for writing in the college classroom. Rather than making choices and thinking critically, as writers must, undergraduates simply follow the rules—such as the five-paragraph essay—designed to help them pass these high-stakes assessments.
"In Why They Can’t Write, Warner has crafted both a diagnosis for what ails us and a blueprint for fixing a broken system. Combining current knowledge of what works in teaching and learning with the most enduring philosophies of classical education, this book challenges readers to develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and habits of mind of strong writers."
to:NB  books:noted  writing_advice  pedagogy 
5 days ago by cshalizi
The case for buying kids audiobooks this holiday season — Quartz
"Print may be best for lingering over words or ideas, but audiobooks add literacy to moments where there would otherwise be none."
audiobooks  pedagogy  children 
5 days ago by po
FemTechNet Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Pedagogy Workbook
Acknowledging the challenges of teaching these sensitive and contentious topics in a time of economic retrenchment and increasing institutional precarity for departments of ethnic, gender, and humanisitic studies, this workbook is an ongoing project to build resources for faculty members who are often overburdened at their home institutions, but are willing to take on the difficult task of teaching about gender and racial inequity in our information culture.
pedagogy  race  feminism 
8 days ago by j-l-r
Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life
"one of the commonalities we found was a distinct separation between tools used for school and tools used personally. Students often do not see or understand how systems that live solely in the institutional realm work, but rather use them as isolated tools having little to do with their identity building. If students had a better understanding of how our institutional systems defined them, could this allow students to have a better understanding of themselves?"

critical thinking, navigating complexity, and multidisciplinary perspectives
literacy  pedagogy  students  citizenship 
12 days ago by jshhnn

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