We didn’t start THOSE fires! Maybe a boat getting stuck wasn’t too bad.
Where am I going with this? Oh yeah, putting out fires.
On my current bent of looking at education from a 30,000 foot view I was thinking about how our students will handle future crises, and what skills I would hope they have. The world may (read: will) always have fires, but preparing people mentally, emotionally, and physically for them can keep certain fires from getting out of hand.
Prepping for fires
I know, when you only have a subsection of curriculum to teach, how do you address these? Like DEI, it shouldn’t be something that you address in one particular lecture, but spread throughout the course.
How can you relate your content to broader skills they may need? How can math instill resilience? How can art instill self-efficacy? How can kinesiology get you TOTALLY SWOLE!
Need something more concrete?
With all this theorizing I don’t want to leave out the tangible skills for you to use.
Of course, the Center for Teaching and Learning has gobs of useful resources for you.
Also, keep an eye out for the “Timely Teaching Tips” in the “OSU Today” news letter.
Also, Also, don’t forget about our own Teaching Excellence repository of resources (I’m particularly a fan of the self-evaluations at the end).