Teaching at its Best

A dear friend, a retired professor, recently told me that he always was challenged with teaching until he read Nilson’s Teaching at its Best. This had me intrigued. My friend’s teaching evaluations were solid, he was well-regarded by his colleagues, and I had heard from more than a few students that he was strong in…

Reality Pedagogy

Way back in 2016, before the pandemic and so much else, Columbia University Teachers College professor Christopher Emdin published For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . . and the Rest of Y’all Too. Emdin is a successful academic and scholar, an innovative practitioner, and an important public voice. He also knows social…

A Thorough Look Under the Learning Hood

Many of us have read more than our fair share of books about teaching, and I would wager that the general themes are familiar. We have first person accounts, which often fall into one of two categories: the successful exhorting or the pedagogically challenged who, through some journey and development, have become successful exhorting. There…