Category: Pedagogy

The Teachable Moment: The Bullying Moment

For academics, twitter is a world of pretend. Undergraduate students “follow” senior professors; graduate students try to make that elusive “connection” with “stars”; and junior faculty try to impress “influential” people. All of this accords with an idea we’d like to have of education as open, welcoming, friendly. In the absence of bodies and offices … Continue reading The Teachable Moment: The Bullying Moment

Learning Hurts

A few years ago, one of my smart students, who interpreted literature effortlessly, encountered an essay by Judith Butler. “Why,” she asked, “does she have to write like she’s so smart?” The question has stayed with me. Was she asking, “why does reading this essay make me feel less smart?” Or, was it gendered, “why … Continue reading Learning Hurts