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Modernist Writing Exercises

Today’s writing lesson comes from American expatriate and arch-modernist Ezra Pound (1885-1972).  Though an accomplished poet and translator in his own right, he may be best known as the guy who cut nearly 400 lines from T.S. Eliot’s original draft of The Waste Land.

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Resources for Teachers: Arts @29 Garden!

An obvious question: Are you looking for a way to enhance your teaching section for your undergraduate students? A less obvious question: Do you teach a subject related to creative arts? If you answered yes to both and are looking for a space in which you can teach, create, rehearse or perform, then the Arts…

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Multitasking

This post is part of the “Fair Harvard?” series by Aubry Threlkeld.  A discussion about the Cultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning at Harvard  Professors are worried about students who multitask during lecture and rightfully so. In the article cited below “The Laptop and the Lecture,” students who spend more time on task tend to…

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Teaching Tips- Planning Your Section in the Sciences

We are just winding down from an excellent Fall Teaching Conference, held last Wednesday and Thursday at Sever Hall.  Among the many helpful sessions offered to new and experienced graduate student Teaching Fellows was a session titled “Planning Your Section in the Sciences.”  Presented by Kelly Miller and Emily Jacobs-Palmer, the session offered practical advice…

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Research Assignment RX

We’ve all been there: you’ve handed out the research assignment. Your students have begun working on it. But there’s a snag—the material isn’t as easy to find or as abundant as you thought; your students are missing crucial context; the instructions are ambiguous on a key point; you hadn’t anticipated what would happen when students…

Suffering Fools Gladly?

by Pamela Pollock I’ve been thinking a lot about this David Brooks editorial I read last month. In the piece, Brooks discusses the dilemmas inherent in communicating with people we find foolish. He argues that it is not really a compliment to say that one doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and in fact it takes great…