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Teaching Practical Wisdom

In Plato’s dialogues we find the idea that virtue is a skill, a craft, an art of living. The knowledge of how to live well, in both a civic and an ethical sense, is not merely theoretical but also practical; it involves both knowing that and knowing how. Much academic teaching focuses on cultivating know-that, Read more about Teaching Practical Wisdom

Teaching and Making

One of the highlights of a busy day yesterday at the Bok Center was an impromptu discussion with a few colleagues and student fellows about what I suppose one might call the ecology of making these days in the arts and humanities.

                

As one colleague put it, it is hard to witness the phenomenal success of a historically-themed Read more about Teaching and Making

Navigating Culture at Harvard: An Intercultural Communication Workshop Series Part II

In order to create a space for Harvard’s international teachers and scholars to delve into the cultural complexities of communication, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars offered an Intercultural Communication Workshop Series in the Spring 2016 semester. This blog post is an overview of the final two sessions of the 4-part series (see Part I here!), which covered verbal and nonverbal forms of communication.

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Motivating Students

Before the semester begins, students look over course syllabi like long-distance runners do tracks. The words “course” and “curriculum,” in fact, both derive from the Latin cursus, “a running race or course,” and the weeks of the term, like the legs of Read more about Motivating Students

Experimental Assignments; or, Adventures in Character-Space

This is a guest post from Bok Blog contributor Stephen Tardif

The start of a new semester is the perfect time for pedagogical experiments. Some teachers, offering new courses, will have the thrill of applying untested instructional methods to fresh material, while others will tweak their traditional courses with novel approaches, new modules, and innovative, creative assignments. When employed with clear learning goals that are tailored to their distinctive features, such assignments can cultivate a range of Read more about Experimental Assignments; or, Adventures in Character-Space

Titles, Academic and Otherwise

This is a guest post from Bok Blog contributor Stephen Tardif

In a few short weeks, students will submit the first written assignments of the semester. When they do, their teachers will find that—well before the leaves turn red—their prose will already be a fine shade of purple. Indeed, many examples of undergraduate grandeur Read more about Titles, Academic and Otherwise