Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda:
Reflections on the First Years of Teaching

Posts from 2013

This blog series focuses on the lessons learned during the first years of teaching.

The bloggers are all former participants in the Wabash Center's Early Career Teaching Workshop.

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It was the middle of the semester, a time when exhaustion so often overtakes pedagogical finesse, a time when the energy of new courses is abating and the promise of a reprieve from grading and lecturing is too distant to relish. It was during one of these mornings when I ...

To paraphrase Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, “I have a confession: I don’t much like my students.” It’s not that I don’t like them as people or that I wish them ill. It’s not that I don’t like discussing ideas, engaging texts, ...

Arriving onto the campus of my first fulltime teaching job in higher education was not unlike finding myself in a strange land with a little dog under my arm. “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” I remember saying aloud, wondering what I had done in ...

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