Teaching Carnival 4.8

April’s Teaching Carnival is from Annie Vocature Bullock, an Adjunct Instructor of Church History at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and an Instructor at the Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Annie blogs at Marginal Theology and can be contacted via email at avbullock (at)

ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return for a snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms. You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival’s home page.

The Continuing Crisis in Education:

  • Arbitrista responds to a recent New York Times article on teacher evaluation and takes on the bugaboo of the bad teacher.
  • Sisyphus wonders whether Jon Stewart realizes he isn’t really exaggerating when he lampoons anti-educational rhetoric.
  • Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva considers whether arguments for tenure in higher education also apply to primary and secondary school teachers.
  • Several folks weighed in on the William Cronon Case. Pharyngula welcomes back the McCarthy era. Dean Dad explores the implications of snooping email in response to a piece by Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed. Recent Ph.D., writing at After Academe, praises Cronon for bringing close reading into public discourse.
  • Brian Leiter examines recent public discussion of college admissions and calls our attention to the closing of yet another department of philosophy.
  • At Blogenspiel, Another Damned Medievalist wonders how undergraduate departments can meet their own standards when so many students arrive at college unprepared to learn.
  • Nicole and Maggie at Grumpy Thoughts of the Untenured answer once and for all: Do professors have summers off? The answer is yes and no.
  • At Crossing Borders, Billie Hara explains what happens When Critical Pedagogy Gets Ugly.

Pedagogy in the Trenches

  • What Now? copes with students who whine and resist.
  • At Reassigned Time, Dr. Crazy weighs in on how it’s possible to maintain a research agenda while teaching a 4-4. She’s not dead yet! In response, Notorious PhD weighs in on writing and publishing under a heavy teaching load.
  • Dr. Crazy also has some thoughts on the perils of teaching things that make both professor and students blush. On a related not, Amy (Dr. C), writing for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas Wesleyan University, has some interesting thoughts about the value of professorial vulnerability in the classroom.
  • The Worst Professor Ever reminds us all that teaching is a performance art and is therefore in one sense teacher-centered rather than student-centered
  • The Little Professor struggles to pull together a syllabus and ponders the state of available textbooks.
  • Spanish Prof has some anxieties about whether a student will really learn.
  • Clarissa just wishes her students could think of an important historical event in 1914 that isn’t the sinking of the Titanic
  • At Academic Cog, Sisyphus ponders the value of entertainment in education
  • Finally, jo(e) tries something new by having students write just one sentence describing their Spring Break

Technology in the Classroom

  • Shaun Huston at A Weird Fish experiments with using Storify in the classroom. With many of the same capabilities as a blog, Storify offers unique opportunities to facilitate student learning.
  • Kathryn Crowther, writing for TECHStyle, a forum for digital pedagogy hosted by Georgia Tech, has some suggestions for Steampunking your pedagogy. Also for TECHStyle, Leeann Hunter describes the semester wrap-up of some collaborative work in her classroom
  • The Worst Professor Ever also weighs in on digital pedagogy. She’s good for some bummer thoughts to harsh your digital humanities mellow. After that, she takes on the question of what Blackboard can’t do for you.
  • Gordon Watts describes some of the possibilities inherent in the move to digitize ever-larger portions of our books.
  • Finally, Richard N. Landers at Neo-Academic considers the correlation between Twitter, student engagement, and grades and asks us to consider the relationship between succeeding at a learning game and enjoying one.

How about you? Do you have any last minute links you’d like to add to this month’s carnival? Did we miss your work? If we don’t know about you, we can’t link to you. So, let us know what you are up to in the classroom. You can easily have one of your blog posts about teaching in higher education included in an issue of the teaching carnival by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Email the next host directly with the address to the permalink of your blog post, and/or
  2. Tag your post in Delicious (or Diigo or other bookmarking service) with teaching-carnival.

Jill Morris, of Baker College, will compile teaching-related posts for Teaching Carnival 4.9. You can reach Jill via email ( or on Twitter (@zombieranian). Keep in mind, that if you don’t send us your posts, we might miss them. So send them on! Lastly, if you are interested in hosting a future Teaching Carnival, please contact Billie Hara for information.

[Image by Bill Wolff and used under the Creative Commons license.]

Update: Edited at 10:35am to correct a broken link or two.–@jbj

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