October 23, 2023
Culturally Responsive Teaching: Insights from an International Student
Culturally responsive teaching is all about creating an inclusive classroom by embracing the diverse cultural backgrounds of students. It happens when instructors genuinely understand, appreciate, and warmly welcome the unique cultural richness, values, norms, and stories that each student brings to the learning experience. When students feel welcomed and a strong sense of belonging, their learning experiences take a remarkable turn for the better. The extensive body of data supporting the importance of cultivating a sense of community and belonging for student motivation and engagement underscores this fact (e.g., Gillen-O’Neel, 2021; Ryan & Deci, 2017). Read More
August 08, 2023
The Start of a New Academic Year: Maximize the Excitement, Minimize the Burnout
The start of a new academic year always brings promise, aspirations, and vitality...along with stress, time pressure, and feelings of burnout. Burnout is one of the biggest problems facing the American education system today, and experiencing burnout is obviously bad for you and your students. As a profound believer in the power of education to quite literally transform lives, I believe we are in a unique position to have big impacts on our students. So, how do we emphasize the promise, aspirations, and vitality of the start of a new academic year instead of the burnout?
February 01, 2023
Taking a Plunge into Specifications Grading
I took the opportunity with a new class to implement specifications grading and the results paid off.