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Month: August 2017

What Do Our Syllabi Really Say?

What Do Our Syllabi Really Say?

A lot changed for me last week.  Let me give you a concrete example: The syllabus I distributed to students in spring term, 2017, said the following about plagiarism: The Knox College community expects its members to demonstrate a high degree of ethical integrity in all their actions, including their academic work. Examples of academic dishonesty include plagiarism, giving or receiving unauthorized help, voluntarily assisting another student in cheating, and dishonestly obtaining an extension. If you have any questions about…

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Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice

Icebreakers are standard practice in many college classrooms, especially on the first day of a new semester. In class after class students tell others a variety of pieces of information about themselves: their name, major, year, or something else – something unique, we often hope. Sometimes we deploy an icebreaker because we want to pair faces with names. Sometimes we genuinely want to disrupt the awkward silence of a first class. At our best moments, we’re looking to start the…

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