The process by which we implement techniques we considered absurd or toxic as students (and I have myself recreated some of what I thought ridiculous at the time) needs to be examined more thoughtfully. Were we really wrong, or are we wrong now replicating the failures of the past because our newer methods aren't producing the results we want either? Reverting to our training is a kind of null hypothesis, but those methods were themselves innovations at one time...So, what techniques do you use today that you thought were stupid when your teachers used them? Mine include test essay questions that practically walk you through the answer; I have colleagues who have reinstituted the "syllabus quiz"...
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Becoming What We Hate, or, Maybe They Weren't Stupid Grown-Ups?
An article at IHE yesterday about a creative writing instructor rediscovering the once-hated workshopping technique he thought he had left behind inspired this comment from me: