A Few More Thoughts on Classical Pedagogy: A Response to Ian Mosley and Joshua Gibbs

In response to Ian Mosely’s recent blog post, I agree that with older students, question-asking and roundtable discussion are indispensable methods for learning and important preparation for what lies ahead.  As a college writing instructor, I often lament the inability (or disinterest) of students to participate in discussion of the main ideas and key questions of a text.  They simply want me to disseminate the … Continue reading A Few More Thoughts on Classical Pedagogy: A Response to Ian Mosley and Joshua Gibbs

Harkness Sharkness

Don’t you just love the movies that depict the shark getting the faintest whiff of blood and putting your least favorite character in peril? I have often felt like this character who accidentally cut himself as the teacher during a harkness discussion. I have introduced this format of discussion to my students, and on occasion, I have unknowingly baited the water. The sharks have caught … Continue reading Harkness Sharkness