Over the summer I had the opportunity to go to Washington DC with my brother. I thoroughly enjoy chances to spend time with him as we don’t have the opportunity much. He’s also a professor, but in journalism.
We spent a lot of hours talking about our jobs and teaching in general, but he said something to me which has stuck with me ever since. He was impressed by the creativity and level of work and thought I had put into my teaching methods, and that “I don’t know anyone that has put as much thought into teaching as you have,” which even counts all the tenured faculty at his prestigious university.
While I take the compliment very highly, I’m left to wonder, now, why more don’t engage in such thought about teaching method?The obvious answer, for universities, is that research is the primary concern, but that doesn’t cover the community colleges, so what’s going on?