Teaching, learning, and student success.

This Foothill College writing challenge has asked us to write about teaching, learning, and student success. Thinking about ‘student success’ I wonder – are the participants in my classes ‘students’? They are, on the average, between 85-90 years old and long retired. Although we commonly think of a student as someone who is studying or training at a university or college the definition is broader than… Continue reading  Teaching, learning, and student success.

Is it appropriate to bring politics to the classroom?

One of my colleagues told me that she thought it was inappropriate to discuss politics in the classroom. I told her that I had discussed the election with my students. “Oh no”, she said – “I wouldn’t do that. It could make people uncomfortable. The classroom should be a safe place.” I was surprised by… Continue reading Is it appropriate to bring politics to the classroom?

Writing prompt: What was your favorite subject in school?

I was the kind of kid who found school boring. There were very few classes where I wasn’t watching the clock but I always looked forward to P.E. It was a chance to get up and move around. And it was an easy A  – which was an added bonus. I especially liked gymnastics. I… Continue reading Writing prompt: What was your favorite subject in school?

Writing prompt: Has education played an important role in your life?

I was raised in a culture that valued education and saw it as a way to bring yourself up in social standing. Going to college – getting a degree – becoming a professional – all very important in my family system. My grandfather on one side was a lawyer and on the other side a… Continue reading Writing prompt: Has education played an important role in your life?

Memoir Writing and Storytelling: an overview

The memoir writing and storytelling class is a community-based class that has been meeting once a week for almost 2 years now. Participants write about – or tell a story – about a different topic each week. Sometimes profound – sometimes playful – it is a snapshot into the lives of the students. Most in… Continue reading Memoir Writing and Storytelling: an overview

What is the purpose of education?

I cannot think of much else these days – except for the catastrophe of the election of Donald Trump.  People keep trying to understand – to explain how it happened – and I hear over and over again that the underlying problem is education. That this happened at all shows there is a fundamental flaw… Continue reading What is the purpose of education?