October 01, 2005

Inside Higher Ed :: A Poor Desk-Side Manner

Inside Higher Ed :: A Poor Desk-Side Manner:
What would YOU do? Prof. Shari Wilson describes some true anecdotes of teachers in class. How would you respond? What would you have done? Some interesting stuff. The bit about the teacher not being (and not trying to be) the students' friend hit home with me.
A brilliant art instructor at a state university opens up the class for discussion. A returning student waves her hand, is called on and starts to talk about art. Almost seamlessly, she drifts into her experience as a nurse in World War II. After four minutes, students are shifting in their seats. After nine minutes, three students leave to "go to the bathroom."

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