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Question Roll 1: Building Community

Rather than a traditional roll merely asking students whether they’re present, I pose a different question to each student to begin class. “What’s something you’ve learned so far this semester?” “What was your favorite breakfast as a kid?” “What’s something … Continue reading

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How do you justify including an element in a college course? (or a Summer Goal)

I’ve been thinking about what justifies including an element (a reading, section, assessment, exercise, etc.) in a course. My first thought: each item must relate directly to learning outcomes. But that can’t be right, can it? After all, we spend … Continue reading

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Motivating the Problem of Evil

“Should everything you read be fun?” Students have trouble caring about the traditional Problem of Evil: whether God should have created an evil-free universe. And while discussions of free will do pique their interest, they distract from the truly motivating … Continue reading

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Sample Philosophy Essay Prezi for Teaching Essay-Writing

A really nice sample essay Prezi you can use in your class: Linky It explains a sample that includes exegesis and evaluation and focuses on the things students seem to miss most: that the introduction should be about the essay … Continue reading

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Service-Learning in Introduction to Ethics (or Henckell’s Opportunity)

“I have often been asked by students, ‘Did I pass?’ but never have I been asked, ‘Did I learn?’” * -Martha Henckell 1. Earning before Learning Henckell argues that there is an opportunity in realizing that students tend to rank … Continue reading

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Soul Mates and Metaphysics

I like the phrase, “Pave a Path” for thinking about teaching, and when it comes time to talk about metaphysics, there’s a particular discussion that allows students to see a connection between what we’re doing in the classroom and what … Continue reading

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How seeing Teachers as Designers helped me understand my past and gave me hope for the future

A recent birthday present helped me understand one of the first teaching mistakes I realized I was making, and how two current techniques I use work to overcome that mistake. The present made it clear that we teachers have an … Continue reading

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