This is it – the last post of 2021. As we navigate the final days of this year, I want to thank you for being here and reading these musings. As I shared when I first started this blog in 2009, this is a labor of love. I don’t do this to self-promote my work or to feed my own ego. I’m working through things, just like most of you. After more than fifty years of life, thirty years of teaching, twenty five years of marriage and more than twenty years of parenthood, I’m still trying to figure things out. And this space helps me do that. Thanks for being here. I hope to see you back here in 2022.
1. Living in My Head: In this post from April, I write about taking dance lessons with my wife. And how being out of our comfort zone can help us learn.
2. The Cold Call: Back in the late 1980s, I took a History of Physics course with Dr. Wofford (not his real name). That class caused more anxiety in me than any other class I’ve ever taken. In this post from May 2021, I explain why.
3. Dealing with Due Dates: From July 2021, I outline some research I learned from the Hidden Brain podcast and discuss how it applies to the deadlines we set for students.
4. Being Stupid? In this post from June 2021, I quote Martin Shwartz who writes, “The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries.” In a way, that could be the mantra of this blog…
5. Stories Stay. Lessons Leave. Also from June 2021, this post discusses the ground rules for a campus learning community where we read The Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You About College Teaching (Gooblar, 2019).