As most of you who have been listening to the Teaching in Higher Ed for a while already know, I'm a huge fan of podcasts.
I still chuckle when I recall this segment of This American Life when Alex Bloomberg shares about his Nielsen families fallacy, as well as the woman who received a special gift from trained monkeys.
And who could forget:
I'll never look at crossing signs the same way, again.
I've been having fun catching up with The Revisionist History Podcast (thank you, Roger Heuser). Revisiting the movie, Memento, with the Very Bad Wizards was great fun, too. I still could listen to them talk about Mr. Robot on every single episode and not be left wanting, though…
This week, something amazing happened in my podcast listening universe. Someone came out with a podcast that combines my passion for teaching with my love of audio storytelling.
The Chronicle shares highlights from the first episode, though I won't even attempt to capture what's happening in a single headline.
When this professor got into a frat party, a line of people formed to take selfies with him: https://t.co/HKGFrHt6lg
— Chronicle (@chronicle) August 28, 2016
Take three minutes out of your day to watch it.
Here's what I hope you didn't miss:
- The moral of the story isn't that the student stopped sleeping. He didn't.
- Mike hasn't ever animated anything before. This video is his first attempt. He regularly puts himself into the role of learner, to have better empathy for his students and to become a more effective teacher.
- There's a shift that can occur when we go from thinking a student's behavior is about us (our teaching, etc.) to perceiving that just maybe it's about her… And some part of her that isn't instantly evident…
- The student he shares about is a real person. Not a caricature of “kids today…”
I'm looking forward to episode 2 of LIFE101 and all that will be released after that. If you listened to his first episode, I would love to read your reflections in the comments.