Season 2 Episode 9

Episode 9: Ideologies of Teaching

In this episode, Ideologies of Teaching, Anne and Steve are joined by John Craven, Associate Professor of Science Education at Fordham University, who shares his thoughts about what we mean when we talk about teaching and how that meaning affects our instructional choices.

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Rethinking Science Fairs

In this article, the authors reflect on whether the competitiveness of science fairs does anything to enhance the learning environment of schools. The authors narrate how a visit to a local school’s gymnasium to witness one of these gala events reminded them of why they so dislike science fairs. The authors mention that they applaud any sincere efforts to engage students in the processes of scientific inquiry. However, they also recognize that there are deep divisions between between teachers, educators, and scientists with regard to the value of science fair projects. From their perspective as science educators, they all too often see that the final projects at school science fairs don’t accurately reflect either the enterprise of science or the students’ interests. As science educators and parents, they suggest that schools and parents work to move the money invested in posters, instructional time, and after-hours staffing into funds that pay for student experiences outside the classroom, experiences designed to engage young citizens with real-life issues.

Season 2 Episode 7

Episode 7: A Humanistic Enterprise

In this episode, A Humanistic Enterprise, Anne and Steve are joined by Jim McCartin, Associate Professor of Theology and Ignatian Faculty Fellow at Fordham University who shares his thoughts about what teaching is and could be as we look ahead to the challenges and changes of the next academic year.

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Ignatian Faculty Development

The future of Jesuit higher education at Fordham depends upon faculty, drawn from diverse backgrounds, who are responsible for ensuring that Fordham’s mission and the Ignatian values underlying that mission animate faculty research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Season 2 Episode 6

Episode 6: Figs and Kindness

In this episode, Figs and Kindness, we discuss two poems as a way into thinking about what we want to leave behind and what we want to keep from the past year as we move forward.

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Show Notes

In this episode we discuss To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian by Ross Gay and Kindess by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Read the poem, To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian by Ross Gay.

Read Kindess by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Season 2 Episode 4

Episode 4: More Human

In this episode, More Human, we talk with Carey Kasten, Associate Professor of Spanish at Fordham University who shares her experiences teaching and parenting during the past pandemic year.

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Academic Caregivers on Organizational and Community Resilience in Academia (Fuck Individual Resilience)

The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?

Season 2 Episode 3

In this episode, Ungrading, Anne and Steve discuss Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) edited by Susan Blum.

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From Google Books:

The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading, fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K-12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.

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