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In the news, but not of the news

In his recent essay “William Wordsworth Saves the Internet,” our colleague Fiore Sireci shows the value of public humanities for cultural criticism. Sireci works at the intersection of Romanticist literary criticism, book history, and the digital humanities to show us … Continue reading

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the last class: whew.

Our hair is all on fire right now, but I wanted to send a quick reflection on the problems and potentiality of the last day of class. It’s so easy to let this day slip through our fingers: we’re tired, … Continue reading

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“ungrading” in the classroom

[cross-posted with ACERT] The following recap was written by Philip Johnson (Graduate Center, WAC Fellow) On March 7, the Lunchtime Seminar turned to the idea of ungrading, as a means of questioning not only how we grade, but why we grade … Continue reading

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Student Research in the Classroom from Paul McPherron and Trudy Smoke

Check out this blog post on Macmillan’s Higher Education site by our English colleagues, Paul and Trudy, on integrating student research into the classroom. The post gives a good overview for the importance of student research as a means of … Continue reading

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my hours this term

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be holding office hours for faculty teaching 252, 306, 338, and 395 this semester on Mon-Th from 1:30 to 2:30. Stop by with any issues/problems you’re having in the classroom or just … Continue reading

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bon voyage!

Just wanted to wish everyone a smooth start to the semester. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this piece by James Lang, an English professor and author of the invaluable Small Teaching. Lang’s basic point is that we can … Continue reading

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ACERT introduction to Teaching on the CUNY Academic Commons: January 9th, 12-2pm

REMINDER: I’m co-leading a workshop on campus next week (Wed 1/9) introducing the CUNY Commons as a teaching tool. If you’ve ever wanted to try alternatives to Bb, this is a great way to get some support! Details below. cross-posted … Continue reading

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Ideas for the last week of class

Congratulations: the hay is mostly in the barn, as one of my coaches used to say. But what to do with the final session? We often–myself included–end with a whimper rather than a bang: we’re tired, the students are tireder … Continue reading

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Pedagogy and Play: a quick primer, with lots of examples

I’ve been thinking a lot about play recently. In part my thinking is probably driven by having my children migrate from play-based preschools to the avalanche of worksheets that characterizes my local P.S. (and probably yours, whether you know it … Continue reading

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Participation and Grading: a guide

Last week in our department meeting, Mark Bobrow walked us through some of the issues around attendance, participation, and grades. As you may know, as of summer 2018, CUNY has declared itself a “non-attendance-taking institution,” meaning that we faculty are … Continue reading

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