Tailgating Shakespeare

Tailgating Shakespeare

It’s eleven o’clock at night, and I just got in from tailgating Shakespeare. The snapshot places me six hours south of my home, about to begin teaching three weeks of an arts program hosted on an idyllic college campus.  Specifically, I was in a parking...
Mess Over Magic

Mess Over Magic

Pet peeve: magical thinking.  I frustrate easily when I encounter assumptions about a process being easy.  I also get frustrated when people assume that sought-after ideals in education – creativity, critical thinking, connections – just magically happen...

Can You Teach Creativity?

My thoughts on this — if being PSU’s Laureate means that the world will be blessed with more of Staley’s wisdom – in video, writing, whatever — then 2012-2013 is going to be a very good...

The Trouble With Online Education – NYTimes.com

Thoughtful op-ed piece by Mark Edmondson, from UVA, in today’s NYTimes.  I agree wholeheartedly. …Every memorable class is a bit like a jazz composition. There is the basic melody that you work with. It is defined by the syllabus. But there is also a...