I'm 27, new to the profession, and scared to death of my students. They hulk around me, crowd me in the hallway. They tell me how they're used to doing things. What Mrs. Anderson told them to do in senior English. What Prof. Goodguy allowed them to for their research paper.
And I usually give in. I'm so focused on getting along and not causing trouble, I'm letting students run over me.
But today I had a revelation. An old timer (he calls himself that) just told me a remarkable tale.
"I'm not a Luddite. I know the Internet exists. I know they Google stuff instead of even using online databases, but once a semester I require all of their sources to come from traditional print journals and books. I walk them like Kindergartners to the library. I show them the stacks. We do a sample search on the 90s era computer catalog. And we take these sources and use them in one essay a term. It's not a punishment. It's not something they have to do all the time. But you'd be surprised at how the old methods teach them stuff they wouldn't get otherwise."
And I'm going to do it. It had not occurred to me. I had very limited use of that type of sourcing when I was in college. But I think of it as one little step. One time I can say, "No, you can't just use Google. Let's go to the library!"
Q: What old school / throwback pedagogy do you miss? What old methods do you hang on to, even though they seem outdated to your students OR your colleagues?