Book Review: Teaching in the Art Museum

Rika Burnham, Elliot Kai-Kee, Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience. J. Paul Getty Museum; 1st Edition edition (April 19, 2011) Reviewed by Anita Nikkanen, former Departmental Teaching Fellow of Classics and Comparative Literature Teaching in the Art Museum is, as the name makes plain, a book about teaching and learning with and about the art objects…

Teaching with Objects, Part 1

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…

Around the Web: Grading Like Machines

Here we are: the point in the semester where many a dedicated instructor quails before the giant stack of papers on his or her desk. If your students are handing in their papers only a day or two before they leave campus, writing carefully considered comments can feel like putting a message in a bottle.…

Around the Web: Our Minds, Our Learning

What’s in a brain? In the Chronicle of Higher Education, James Lang offers the first installment of a two-part post on memory: how it really works (hint: it’s not the long-outmoded tripartite model—long-term, short-term, and sensory—on which many faculty members still base their pedagogy), and how it might inform the way we teach. Some elementary schools are…

A Classic for a Reason: McKeachie’s Teaching Tips

McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers Reviewed by Nicole Deterding, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Sociology Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, first published in 1950 and now in its 13th edition, offers a hearty bread-and-butter treatment of college teaching that will both sate hungry first-time instructors and give…

How Shall We Raise the Children?

Once upon a time there was a man who saw something that made him uncomfortable. To his mind, children are full of potential for good. Indeed, he thought, nurturing this promise is what can most effectively support the chance that in due time they will actually become good. The man decided that the task of…