Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaching Tip: Dr. Sean Ford on Worthwhile Purpose

Students stress out immensely over getting the right grade. Dr. Sean Ford, Department of English, emphasizes the importance of providing students with perspective:

I always encourage students to not write for a grade. Students need to be aware that there are objectives and requirements to fulfill, but if I can encourage them to discover and shoot for a worthwhile purpose each time, then the grade will come. I think for students coming right out of high school –who may be more accustomed to more prescriptive prompts–this is a new concept: allowing space for inquiry, for discovery, for achieving, and accomplishing things yourself, rather than strictly adhering to a rubric.  

Interviewed by: Jon Pumper

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