December 5, 2008
The Antiprofessor Speaks Out
Now that the old teaching model of "sage on the stage" has finally given way to the more progressive "guide at the side," academe is ready for another paradigm shift. In my classes, I have adopted a philosophy that I call "peer at the rear." Here's how I break down and then rebuild students' expectations of a healthy student-instructor relationship.
I start the first day of the semester at the back of the classroom — literally. Students have no idea that I'm the professor. I