Category Archives: First Year Seminar

An interesting message for students?

Registration for our first year students began this week, and with it,  my interest in enrolling students in the First Year Seminar I teach who really want to be there.  For an FSEM to reach its potential to be more … Continue reading

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First Year Writers

The biggest thing I’ve learned from teaching a first year seminar is how freshman writing differs from upper class writing. Today I handed back the second formal paper my students have written and here is what I told them: The … Continue reading

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Progress Report

Since it’s mid-term time, I decided to make appointments with each of my FSEM students to see how the course was going for them. They thought they were making appointments with me, and they weren’t sure what it was all … Continue reading

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A Research Project for First Year Students

One of the things I haven’t done particularly well over the last two years in my First Year Seminar on globalization is the research paper assignment. My first attempt was Version 1: The Expert Study, essentially a research paper by … Continue reading

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Is this something the FSEM planners need to see?

Declining By Degrees Seems like a good use of $30. Thanks to Lanny for the heads-up.

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More on FSEM 2.0

When you teach an elective course, you can pretty much teach it as you like. The content and pedagogical approach are up to you. When you teach a required course or a prerequisite, you are expected to meet or at … Continue reading

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FSEM 2.0

For a couple of years, I’ve written about our institution’s pilot program to offer first year seminars. We have now made it a requirement as part of our general education curriculum. It’s not clear, though, that all our faculty really … Continue reading

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Response to Gardner’s Rock/Soul/Progressive: II

I started to leave a comment on Gardner’s second post about his recently concluded First Year Seminar, but found it was turning out to be longer than a comment typically is, so I moved it here. After your previous post … Continue reading

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Chicken Little?

This post originated in a series of conversations I had over the holiday with my in-laws who were children of the Great Depression. But it’s also something I’ve thought about for a long time. The catalyst for posting probably came … Continue reading

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Training First Years to be Intentional Learners

For much of the second half of the semester, I’ve been concerned that the students in my First Year Seminar were not putting in the effort that I expected of them. This was surprising because they seem to be very … Continue reading

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