Welcome to the North Park Core Curriculum faculty blog. Here you can find a wide array of resources for teaching in the Core from Cornerstone to Capstone. This is a brand new online resources, which will evolve as we see what faculty benefit most from. For now, it will serve as the primary online resource … More Welcome
For faculty teaching Writing Intensive courses, click here to get a map of how to use this blog to both find helpful resources, contribute your own, and participate in the discussion with your colleagues. Gaining some perspective on Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Across the Curriculum
I’m sharing my latest favorite RSA Animate Lecture: “The Power of Outrospection.” It raises important questions for what we hope to accomplish in the Cornerstone and Keystone courses, and in fact, the larger project of the liberal arts. The question is for our educational programs here at North Park: “Are we cultivating empathy?” In the … More Liberal Arts: Introspection or Outrospection?
The first formal essay in the Cornerstone course is a summary essay. Below are a selection of our faculty’s paper prompts. Glean what you can; offer comments or questions on what you find. More examples will be added as faculty submit them. Melissa Pavlik’s Summary Essay Linda Craft Summary Essay Karl Soderstrom’s Summary Essay Nancy … More Sharing our Summary Essay Prompts
They get smaller every year. Codex Manesse (c. 1304) From Leipzig University Statute (1495 c.e.) “Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any … More How to Treat the 1st Year Students
The semester is coming! The semester is coming! Please e-mail to Karl any of your writing prompts that you would like feedback on from the community. He will post the prompt on the site to allow for our easy feedback and advice. Even if these prompts are drafts, lets help each other out. You might … More Time to share Writing Prompts
A key challenge for students, especially for students taking your courses for the first time, is figuring out what exactly you expect from your writing assignments. What seems obvious or intuitive to us is often not to new students. What we think “every sophomore at North Park should already know about writing” may not be … More How do they know what you want?
Student learning is improved when there is a palpable and practiced sense of classroom community among the students and professor. There is no one model for what this community looks like: for one class it involves friendly competition, for another, frequent group projects, for a third it involves collaborating on revising drafts of writing assignments. … More How do you build classroom community?
How might we encourage the integration of critical thinking, writing, and reading with our students? Are there habits we can form with smaller assignments throughout the semester that will prepare them for the bigger, more formal ones? Check out this article for some tips.
A helpful set of suggestions on working with students. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “We don’t learn a lot from student feedback when we don’t ask good questions. At the top of my list of bad questions I’d put the ever-popular “What did you like most/least about the course/instructor” kind of questions. I wish … More How to get Better Feedback from Students
Whether or not you use the print publication “The Norton Field Guide to Writing,” there is a useful website for your students here. There is a useful web-based toolbar that students might use while writing their papers. This can be imported directly into their Window’s based Mircrosoft Word program, or as an internet toolbar.
For professors who assign small group work, how do get your students to deal with the “bad apple” that can derail the whole project? Research shows that the “bad apple phenomenon” is real, and whether it be in a large classroom discussion or a small group project, such individuals can ruin the quality of cooperative … More Dealing with the Bad Apple