Support For A Fellow Blogger: A Manifesto

The advent of the internet has been a game-changer for many, but notably for those in education.The information at our fingertips should be a rallying cry for educators to immerse ourselves in that which is going to push us forward and grow us in our craft.

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A few posts ago, I posed the challenge to be more intentional as a teacher and learn to be a lover of reading. As those who model before our students, it is both our duty and responsibility.

Recently, I had a comment on one of my posts from a fellow WordPress blogger. My charge to you today is to check out his site titled Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed. I resonate with his front-page vision statement: “Good teachers are those who care about their students and want to grow more effective at helping them learn.” There is a lot that I like on this site.

It is true that growing more effective will take place over time as a professor matures and learns through experiences and the school of hard knocks. But even more important is the idea that professors grow effective in their pedagogy and learning process as they engage with educational research.

I like how Maryellen Weimer puts it:

This great repository of experiential knowledge – what is justifiably called the wisdom of practice – remains unknown and devalued. Until it becomes characterized by the kind of intellectual rigor that faculty associate with scholarship, it will ineffectively advance instructional causes (Learner Centered Teaching, p. xiv).

And so today I push you to look at another blogger’s site that appears to have some like-minded passion about education and the engaging classroom – we cannot have too many of these. To get a clear overview of his theme, I would suggest reading his education Manifesto. Clear, passionate, and direct. And then subscribe to his blog. Yes, I know you may think you have no time but you need to make time. This is an easy way to to improve your own scholarship as a teacher.

Weimer says it straight: “We are all now in favor of learning, just as we all aspire to be thin, but we have not changed what we cook and serve our students” (Learner Centered Teaching, p. xii). A hearty “Amen!” from this blogger. Now get reading and change the world (or at least your own classroom)!

Community Input: What do you think about this idea of teachers and scholarship? Agree? Disagree?

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4 thoughts on “Support For A Fellow Blogger: A Manifesto

  1. Thanks so much for highlighting and recommending Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed.. We are just starting out but growing. We hope to develop a useful resource for “supporting teachers and reformers
    in higher education through encouraging serious engagement with the
    scholarship on teaching and learning.”

    We’d be grateful for any who want to participate by, as you recommend, reading or, as I’d add, submitting to the blog. But the main point of the project is just to encourage college teachers everywhere to read the scholarship on teaching and learning. There’s so much in it that so many (but also too few) have benefited from.

    Also, what great Weimer quotes. The second one is particularly pointed and poignant.


    Paul T. Corrigan
    Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed.

      • We are looking for posts that engage or promote scholarship on teaching and learning in higher education.

        Some ideas include:

        Reflections on a formative book, article, etc.
        Reviews of recent or not-so-recent-but-still-timely scholarship
        Reading lists (on topics not covered in Reading Lists or alternative lists on the same topics)
        Recommended reading
        Successful or unsuccessful attempts to implement insights or practices from scholarships
        Narratives of faculty reading groups
        Interviews with scholars or scholarly practitioners
        Descriptions of learning resources or activities informed by the scholarship
        Responses to material published here or elsewhere
        Original aphorisms
        Quotations from the scholarship
        Other

        More specific details can be found at http://teachingandlearninginhighered.org/submissions/.

        Also folks could get a feel for what’s already been published by browsing past posts.


        Paul T. Corrigan
        Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed.

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