Teaching about vaccines and COVID19 is not just biology. I believe it is our responsibility to provide students with accurate information, and to add context relevant to the courses we teach. Most disciplines can add to the conversation around the pandemic and vaccines and provide much-needed context to students.
You know what I miss most about being on campus? I miss bumping into a colleague in the hallway, walking and talking on the way to class… There is no perfect substitute for in-person conversation, but CETLS is offering an informal, alternative that we hope can help as we move forward with our off-campus lives. Introducing our “BMCC Faculty” workspace, via SLACK.
Teaching is a lonely experience in this COVID reality and it is equally challenging for students. But give freshman 101 students a real-life writing assignment with facts and history and their voices sound in the main room and breakout rooms of live sessions.
I firmly believe that if an instructor is self-aware and takes the time to reflect on how to practice compassion, the act of being present for students may encourage the student to keep on trying rather than giving up. How you show up for your students makes all the difference.
In a moment when we are all relying on digital images and virtual connections, the need to experience art in a tangible way feels incredibly essential for many of us. We at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center are excited to safely “open” the exhibition ID: Formations of the Self, which can be experienced exclusively through the gallery windows.
CUNY’s new rule eliminating credit for class attendance turns the focus to participation. But how to credit participation effectively? One approach is to start each class with a written reflection on the readings required for that day.