Rekindle the Flame
Newsletter of Teaching & Learning at Penn State York
Best Practices, Teaching Tips, Ideas, Resources, What's NEW!!
Volume 2 Issue 2 March/April 2007
Violin virtuoso, Joshua Bell, recently took part in an experiment at a bustling Washington D.C. Metro station during morning rush hour. He played (incognito)on a priceless Stradivarius violin for 45 minutes as people hurried to catch their morning trains. Take a guess at how many folks stopped to listen..... This Washington Post article is a must read (includes video clips of the performance as well) GO and sets the stage for the purpose of this newsletter: rekindling the flame within us.
If you didn't stop to read the Post article, or if you feel you just don't have time to stop for anything these days, then do yourself a favor and STOP here anyway.... Step away from the pack of millions of Americans who hustle through their days, perhaps missing the most sublime experiences happening all around them...
Let's take a collective deep breath this spring/summer and dedicate our precious time to re-kindling whatever it is that gives us life (in and out of the classroom!). This newsletter is dedicated to helping us do just that.
- Feature Article: Shared Stories
- Q & A - Getting re-energized
- Book Review- Arthur Chickering (author of the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education) has co-authored a new book that fits well with the rekindling theme: Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education
- WHAT'S NEW - Online tutorial, ANGEL 7 updates
- Upcoming Workshops - Summer Workshop Schedule, Conversations in Teaching Series returns
Special thanks to Ann Fetterman who offered to share with us her recent presentation on Asperger's Syndrome (May 23, 2007 at 12:05 -1:00 in MCB 113). This syndrome is increasingly being recognized and diagnosed in students. Find out more about it and strategies you can use to help students in your classes who have the syndrome.