Teaching What You (Mostly) Don’t Know


Several years ago, I participated in a book group sponsored by our university’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). We read and discussed Therese Huston’s Teaching What You Don’t Know (more recently I read her How Women Decide which I also recommend). We’ve all been in that boat, maybe the department is … Continue reading Teaching What You (Mostly) Don’t Know

Can Student Teams Be Cross-Functional?


My professional writing students often get annoyed with me when they ask questions about an assignment because my answer is usually “it depends.” The same is true if you are wondering if you can put together cross-functional students teams for a group project in one of your courses. A colleague in computing sciences who tries … Continue reading Can Student Teams Be Cross-Functional?

Fetishizing Success and Failure


I attended the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Kansas City recently, the largest gathering of instructors and scholars of writing in higher education. I presented on writing and sticky notes in the Design Thinking Studio, but my absolute favorite panel was on rhetorical failure. In rhetoric and writing studies, we often teach … Continue reading Fetishizing Success and Failure

It’s Not about Productivity, It’s about Vitality


As I mentioned last week in my “Why I’m Not Sprinting” post, I’m not always Agile. Sometimes my Scrum board becomes the place I fear the most (shout-out to Dashboard Confessional). I will sometimes leaveĀ  projects off the board even though they are taking up much of my time. Even though I’m committed to the … Continue reading It’s Not about Productivity, It’s about Vitality