Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More advice to students: How to write a #$%* essay

Following up on Monday's advice to students about how to talk to professors about their grades, James Lenman offers students the following invaluable advice concerning essay writing:

How to Write a Crap Philosophy Essay: A Brief Guide for Students

  1. Always begin your essay along these lines: “Since the very dawn of time the problem of free will has been considered by many of the greatest and deepest thinkers in history.”

Monday, June 24, 2013

Free advice to students about talking to professors about grades, part I

I just finished my grading for the term, and as is typical, a number of students approached me as the term wound down to discuss their grades and how to improve them. These discussions generally focus on these two concerns:

  1. Students want to improve their grades by having me change the grading standards or expectations in some ways.
  2. Students want to improve their grades by performing better in class.
In my experience, students often handle these discussions poorly, especially in regard to concern 1. Here I have some advice for students about concern 1 — I'll save advice about concern 2 for another post.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Do you teach ....?

Teaching Philosophy is introducing a new feature to each of its issues. The journal will be publishing articles entitled 'How to Teach...' Each article will be an overview of how to teach one of the standard courses in the philosophy curriculum. The basic motivation for these articles is to help those who have never taught courses in a given area of philosophy prepare to teach such courses, as well as giving those experienced in teaching courses in a given area different models for courses in that area.

We already have an article scheduled on how to teach critical thinking. In the next few years, I hope to publish 'How to Teach ...' articles on the following courses:
  • ancient philosophy
  • modern philosophy
  • the Continental tradition
  • Asian philosophy
  • logic
  • metaphysics
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of science
  • feminist philosophy
  • bioethics, medical ethics, health care ethics
  • information technology ethics
If you might be interested in writing such a piece, please contact me: mjcholbi*at*csupomona*dot*edu.

Below the fold are additional guidelines for the 'How to Teach...' articles.