Faculty Essays

It Changes Everything

Dan Perlman, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies, discusses a simple method that helps students prepare better for class and helps faculty better understand what their students are thinking. The piece also includes step by step instructions on how to create a Google Form, which is an easy but powerful way to hear from your students.

Teaching and Testing Analysis Skills

Carol Osler, Professor of Finance in the Brandeis International Business Schooldescribes how she teaches analytical skills and creates tests that allow her students to best demonstrate these skills.

Learning to Teach: Isolation, Communication, and Pedagogy

Charles Golden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, highlights the challenges facing faculty in learning how to teach. 

A Prescription for Better Teaching, Stronger Doctors

James Morris, Professor of Biology, reflects on what he "learned in medical school and how it translates to, or doesn't translate, to teaching."

Teaching Philosophy (about teaching philosophy)

Kate Moran, Associate Professor of Philosophy, explores the tension between helping students realize that they, too, can be a part of an ongoing discussion among philosophers — while also wanting students to realize that philosophy takes a lot of work, and it can sometimes be difficult, confusing and frustrating. This type of tension appears in disciplines across the University.

Colored Chalk

Eve Marder, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, extols the benefits of slowing down and using lower-tech teaching approaches, such as using colored chalk for diagramming neuroanatomical structures

If you're interested in having a conversation about one of these pieces, or learning from other Davis Teaching and Learning Fellows, please review our list of Davis Fellows.