When I approach letters this way--as work teaching students how to know themselves better and how to analyze a job call for how it aligns with their talents, skills, and interests--then it is much more meaningful work. It's not longer about jockeying my students into the top position, regardless of whether they are the best person for the work or whether the work is a good fit for them. It's about teaching them how to find their place in the world, which is much more satisfying and, over the long term, I suspect more successful.
Live online video is too intimate for most conversations. In real life, we simply aren't up in each other's faces that much unless we actually are engaged in a physically intimate relationship with someone, like our partners, children, or close friends. It's overwhelming to be that close to so many people at once and to have them that close to you.
Providing information about exams to students helps curb cheating and helps them take responsibility for their performance.
The Journal of American Studies recently invited me to be part of a roundtable on teaching in the age of COVID. The essay is available for a short time for free online. Here are some excerpts: To insist that the risk of face-to-face courses during a pandemic is acceptable is to overvalue the parts of... Continue Reading →
Washington Post journalist Helaine Olen had a former career covering "financial makeovers"--which helped her realize that it's inequality, not lattes, that keep people poor. Join the author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Financial Advice Industry on Wednesday evening for a live talk and Q and A about inequality, the minimum wage,... Continue Reading →
The first way to encourage engagement is to make sure that the content of the meeting wouldn’t be more effectively shared via an email or recording. 16 more tips follow.
Planning for reality doesn't diminish joy should better times come, but it does make living in this moment easier.
Today's post is drawn from a lecture I share with my Sociology of Disaster students. I'm grateful for how they've contributed to my critical view of resilience over the years. Humans are amazingly resilient. We can face hard, acute crises and find solutions quickly. We are great at bouncing back and even pretty good at... Continue Reading →
Most borrowers owe more than 3 times what Biden is willing to cancel. This is like the difference between drowning in 10 feet of water or 40 feet of water. Either way, you're drowning. We need to bring people to shore, not drown them in half the water.
If your campus is online tomorrow, remember that students learning from home due to extreme cold or snow are doing it under conditions that might be very different than when they are learning from home due to quarantine or isolation. Their kids are also at home—possibly also learning from home. Their kids may be required... Continue Reading →