Category Archives: Student

The Student Theorist: An Open Handbook of Collective College Theory

This book-in-progress has been (and is being) almost entirely created by undergraduate students and recent alums. Welcome to The Student Theorist! More than a “textbook” or a “handbook,” this text is an open access, digitally published, ongoing, annotatable collection of … Continue reading

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Why every kid should start the day with a poem

But he’s been doing it for three years and he makes a compelling case on Edutopia for how poems gear kids up for writing and close readings of texts. He has a list of poems—which we include here—and some useful … Continue reading

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Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility

Two months ago, I reported on the declining emotional resilience of college students. I summarized the claims, made by college mental-health personnel throughout the country, that students are having emotional breakdowns at much higher rates than in the past. I … Continue reading

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Getting the Teacher Out of the Way: Learning, Risk, and Choice

Students learn best when teachers get out of the way. Unfortunately, university classrooms continue to be intensely teacher-centric, are driven by the teacher’s agenda and calendar, and embrace simple models rather complex alternatives. These simple types of learning environments frustrate … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom

“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them,” he said. It can be irresponsible and unfair to talk about grit without talking about structural challenges, he said, referring to the recent interest in … Continue reading

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Pirate Philosophy: For a Digital Posthumanities

In Pirate Philosophy, Gary Hall considers whether the fight against the neoliberal corporatization of higher education in fact requires scholars to transform their own lives and labor. Is there a way for philosophers and theorists to act not just for … Continue reading

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From Student Engagement to Student-driven Learning

What happens when you have the courage to ask your students what engages them? A veteran educator shares 10 insights. A while back, I was asked, “What engages students?” Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to … Continue reading

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Developing Teachers’ Social and Emotional Skills

Emotions are at the heart of what teachers do and why they do it. Educators come to teaching with dreams of changing the odds for disadvantaged children, inspiring a love for learning, or developing critical thinkers. Research has found that … Continue reading

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Stages of Curiosity

Where curiosity comes from isn’t entirely clear. That’s probably because there is no single source for it any more than there is a single source for entertainment, anxiety, or confidence. There are strategies to promote curiosity in the classroom—even those … Continue reading

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Learning as Relational: Intersubjectivity and Pedagogy in Higher Education

The decision to make the student population financially responsible for their own university education has major implications for the future of higher education provision. Chief among these implications will undoubtedly be a much stronger emphasis on the student experience, not … Continue reading

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