American Government course

Teaching: Practicing my Kingsfield Retort

It is clear that flipping my American government course will work only if I alter my assumptions and expectations about student preparation for class sessions. The “unflipped” me is pretty cynical when it comes to student preparation -- and perhaps this has been a self-fulfilling prophesy since I’ve always organized my syllabus on the assumption that unless there is some incentive in place (e.g., the threat of a quiz) most students do not bother reading the text until the night before an exam -- and even then you wonder if they actually went beyond skimming through the chapters or assigned readings. Obviously, for in-class discussions and other activities to work, I will have to assume otherwise. Read More…

Teaching: The Flipping Challenge

As I contemplate posting my course syllabus for the coming semester, the central question I face is whether a college-level American government course can be "flipped". Read More…