Belonging and Bandwidth

One of the most significant factors behind the academic struggles of students from marginalized groups or who are economically insecure is a phenomenon researchers call “belonging uncertainty.” If scarcity is something that prevents students from drawing upon their full cognitive bandwidth for academic tasks, Cia Verschelden writes, then we ought to view “a lack of belonging” as “another kind of scarcity,” in the same category as factors like financial precarity.1

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Student Motivation and Learning

As we near midterm season, and the wildly-fluctuating attendance patterns that go with it, student motivation becomes more and more of a salient issue for us—in particular, how our students’ motivation levels ebb and flow throughout a given semester, and ways in which we might successfully improve motivation for our students in and out of class. Continue reading “Student Motivation and Learning”

Academic Dishonesty and Motivation by Design

There are a few perennials in academia that can be counted upon for year-to-year consistency, come hell or high water: meetings that should be emails, opinion pieces about “fixing” college written by people who have themselves never taught college, and faculty complaints about Students These Days being worse than ever. None of these perennial features of our landscape get us very far, yet here they are nonetheless.  Continue reading “Academic Dishonesty and Motivation by Design”