Using the Global Agrofood system to teach globalization

Film, radio, and news cultivated for a popular audience is a great way to help students see connections between “real world concerns” with academic questions.  On this page, I categorize and list links to publicly available media that can help teachers teach social and ecological consequences of a globalizing agrofood system. Ecology RadioLab on “Cornstalks Everywhere But … More Using the Global Agrofood system to teach globalization

How to write for class

After many years in school, I find myself forgetting that determining the “goodness” of a source, developing a truly convincing argument, and formatting a paper so it looks polished and reads easily are trained tasks.  Here’s a handout I developed to guide one of my interdisciplinary courses towards better evaluation of sources and argumentation: How … More How to write for class

Teaching tools: How to read (for class)

A key component of successful higher education is developing reading and communication skills.  Reading at a college level–and quantity–is hardly natural.  Many students benefit from explicit instruction on how to quickly “read” and comprehend texts.  Below are two summaries that I’ve used in courses to teach reading skills: (In a reading-intensive ecology class): How to … More Teaching tools: How to read (for class)