How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course

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Too often, students have “small disconnected islets” of knowledge in a vast sea of ignorance.

plerudulier‘s insight:

Fortunately I don’t find my students gaping at me too often in dull bewilderment. […].

It typically happens when I begin pressing students to make connections between disparate sets of concepts or skills in a course. For example, when we are tackling a new author in my British-literature survey course, I might begin class by pointing out some salient feature of the author’s life or work, and asking students to tell me the name of a previous author (whose work we have read) who shares that same feature.

"This is a Scottish author," I will say. "And who was the last Scottish author we read?"

Blank stares.

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About plerudulier

Primarily interested in interacting and engaging with people about issues related to profession but also charity, environment, ... you get the idea.

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