The Norton Guide to Equity-Minded Teaching: A Sneak Peek

Written by faculty development experts (Isis Artze-Vega, Flower Darby, Bryan Dewsbury, and Mays Imad), this peer-to-peer teaching guide offers concrete steps to help any instructor striving to ensure all students—and, in particular, historically underserved students—have an equal chance for success. Distilling key principles of equity-minded pedagogy into manageable units, The Norton Guide to Equity-Minded Teaching equips faculty …

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How to Apply Your Degree in Sociology to Any Career 

Karen Sternheimer teaches in the sociology department at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses primarily on moral panics, youth, and popular culture, and she is editor of the Everyday Sociology Reader (W. W. Norton, 2020). Her commentary has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the San Jose Mercury News. This article was originally posted …

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The Power of Students Teaching Students 

Geraldine Woods has taught every level of English from fifth grade through Advanced Placement at both St. Jean Baptiste High School and the Horace Mann School in New York City. She is the author of more than fifty books, including Independent Study That Works: Designing a Successful Program, and the creator of the Grammarian in the …

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IMPACT Student Study Skills 

Dr. Sarah Grison is an associate professor of psychology at Parkland College and the coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is a coauthor of the introductory psychology textbook Psychology in Your Life, which was recently published in its Fourth Edition. This article was adapted from a virtual workshop, and the …

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On Not Returning to School After Thirty-Five Years in the Classroom: What Did the Teacher Learn After All That Time in the Classroom?

Jim Burke, a former English teacher at Middle College at the College of San Mateo, taught for over thirty-five years, and has written more than twenty-five books about teaching and literacy. He has received numerous awards, including the Exemplary Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Distinguished Service Award from …

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Overcoming Obstacles: How to Help Incoming Freshmen Transition into Sophisticated Learners

Dr. Ron Elizaga is a social psychologist and professor in the Psychology and Education Department at Columbus State Community College, where he teaches Intro to Psychology, Social Psychology, and Personality Psychology. He is a winner of the CSCC Distinguished Teaching Award, is a co-founder of the Generation One Trailblazers first-generation student resource group, and maintains …

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Best Practices for Teaching and Improving Success Rates in Developmental English Writing Courses

John Hansen received a BA in English from the University of Iowa and an MA in English literature from Oklahoma State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Summerset Review, One Sentence Poems, The Dillydoun Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Eunoia Review, Litro Magazine, Wild Roof Journal, The Banyan Review, Drunk Monkeys, and elsewhere. He has presented on a variety of topics …

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Show Your Work: Using Reading Annotations to Activate Students’ Engagement, Curiosity and Growth in First-Year Writing

Amara Hand is an instructor of first-year writing and a writing center consultant for historically Black universities. She received her B.A. in English from Norfolk State University and her master’s in rhetoric and writing from Monmouth University. Amara began teaching as an adjunct at her undergraduate alma mater in 2016 and became qualified for online …

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Setting Up First-Generation Students for Success

Dr. Michael Ramirez is a professor of sociology at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He teaches courses on gender, work, aging and the life course, and film. Dr. Michael RamirezImage Credit: Wikimedia Commons As I’ve observed my students over the years, I’ve often thought of the privilege masked as cultural knowledge—what my sociologist colleagues would call …

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset Using Online Assessment and Group Exams

Grace Ferris is an assistant professor of Chemistry at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Introductory Biochemistry, and Life Chemistry: Drugs in Our Lives. She earned her BA in Chemistry with a minor in Education from Mount Holyoke College in 2008 and her …

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