Could Better Teaching Have Helped?

Most of the time as college instructors, we are concerned with ways of knowing.  We want to teach students about our discipline, and train them to think like scholars in our field.  But we should not neglect our duty to teach broader skills — ones that transcend the classroom and can be put into practice in the students’ lives beyond college.  By trying to help our students develop habits of mind, we are guiding them in the future, whether they continue in our disciplines or not.  The author of this article, David Gooblar writes a column on teaching for The Chronicle and runs Pedagogy Unbound, a website for college instructors who share teaching strategies.