Prior to teaching my Public Policy Analysis students the practical skills needed to produce good policy analyses, I would spend time grounding practice in classic theories of policymaking. Every semester, about half-way into these discussions, I would wish I hadn’t even bothered. Continue reading Why Should I Care About Theory?
“You don’t know how to read,” I’ve fantasized about saying to my students. Then, I realize that they would quite rightly be offended. Of course my students are literate: some of them are even very skilled readers. However, many of them lose this skill when reading theoretical or philosophical arguments. Beyond tried and true methods of insuring that reading “compliance” occurs (quizzes, online quizzes, literature circles,discussion…), I wanted to know how to help my students learn to read like a political theorist. Continue reading You Don’t Know How To Read
Before I became a professor, I utilized PowerPoint a great deal in my professional life. In fact, I prided myself in my ability to use the software and create dynamic presentations that interested whatever audience to whom I was speaking. In fact, when I first became a professor at UWGB, I felt as though my ability to use PowerPoint would be a strength to my teaching career. Boy, was I wrong! Continue reading Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Prior to becoming the Director for the Center of the Advancement of Teaching and Learning I was unaware of what a special entity we as a campus had available to us: the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). Continue reading A UW System Gem: OPID
One “assignment” in the Teaching Scholars program is to conduct a formative peer observation with a Teaching Scholar colleague. My initial reaction to this process was one of insecurity, i.e., questioning my own teaching style and concern over selecting the “right” class session to be observed. I was determined to select a class session with significant theoretical content, with an obvious beginning and end to allow for a complete assessment, and a session that was presented primarily by me (versus the students). That plan put me in a quandary. Continue reading A Reflection of The Peer Observation Process
When I first became involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a UWGB Teaching Scholar in 2004, and then again as a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow in 2006, I had certain doubts. At an early Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars meeting, I jotted down a list of several questions I had about SoTL Continue reading SoTL — Wisconsin Style