Safety, Curiosity, and the Joy of Learning
A recent webinar, “What Students Need This Academic Year,” hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, reminded us that “normal” is a relative and transitory feeling and space. Malik Singleton, a student speaker from Harris-Stowe State University, noted that he wants to “take charge of my own normal.” With that advice in mind, we wish all BU instructors and students a wonderful first week in class. Safety, curiosity, and the joy of learning – all good things to nurture in our return to in-person classes!
For strategies and ideas to connect with your students in these first few classes, please see two CTL quick guides: Student Engagement Part 1: Focusing on the Emotional Aspects of Learning and Student Engagement Part 2: Ensuring Deep Learning. Engagement is complemented by compassion in the classroom, a key teaching tool this semester. Malik Singleton had something to say about that, too: “We [students] don’t need tough love; we just need love.” For a BU-specific version of Malik’s advice, please see SPH Clinical Assistant Professor Sophie Godley’s Lightning Talk from 2020: “Engage, Challenge, Love.” Perfect advice for the start of semester, in any modality of teaching!