Eight faculty share their failure stories on this special #100th episode of Teaching in Higher Ed.
CV of Failures
At the time, I felt like I had to know everything in order to be a good teacher, so instead of admitting that I didn't know the answer to the student's question, I dismissed it.
I think I understand way better now what kinds of issues my students think are important.
I strongly identified with that strain of perfectionism that insists that unless every student in every class feels like every moment was a rich and profound learning experience, then I have failed.
1) Katie Linder
- Didn’t allow discomfort in the classroom and rushed too quickly through it.
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2) Jeff Hittenberger
- Felt like he had failed at the end of each semester.
3.) Angela Jenks
- Didn’t know how much the class textbooks cost.
4.) Josh Eyler
- Gave quizzes just to test that students read.
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5.) Michelle Miller
- Didn’t take care of a problem before it escalated.
6.) James Lang
- Was not clear enough in assignment criteria.
7.) Cameron Hunt-McNabb
- Thought she had to know everything to be good teacher.
7.) Maha Bali
- Laughed at student’s suffering … almost.
8.) Doug McKee
- Didn’t understand what issues his students thought were important.
- TIHE episode 045: Calibrating our teaching (Aaron Daniel Annas)
Janine Utell: Dear Committee Members* by Julie Schumacher
José Bowen: Teaching Naked* by José Bowen
Sean Micael Morris: Savvy* by Ingrid Law
Cameron Hunt McNabb: Tina Fey’s advice to “Say yes” in her memoir, Bossy Pants*
Amy Collier: Quotes Anne Lamott: “These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced,” from her book Grace (Eventually)*
Doug McKee: Piazza*
Aaron Daniel Annas: Amazon Echo*
Rebecca Campbell: Be kind to students. Don’t make assumptions.
Linda Nielsen: Cultivate your courage by trying out things you’re afraid of.
Lee Skallerup Bessette: Be hopeful. Be optimistic. And give your students the benefit of the doubt right from the start.
Doug McKee: Try poster sessions with students.
Peter Newbury: Get yourself into a learning community. Get on Twitter.
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