Thursday, November 20, 2014

Professors of the Year Reveal What Makes Their Classes Stand Out

The Chronicle Of Higher Education
November 20th, 2014

Patricia H. Kelley is standing in a lecture hall at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a blanket fastened to her body.
Well, standing might not be the best word. She’s flapping her arms, pretending to fly.
Ms. Kelley, a geology professor, lives to teach about plants and animals long since dead. And on this day, she’s teaching, with the use of a blanket harnessed to her body, about how the pterodactyl’s wing membranes might have worked.
Ms. Kelley’s also been known to lie on her desk with a student holding a lollipop out in front of her head as this teacher of 35 years lunges for the candy to show students how prehistoric fish might have lunged onto land for the first time.

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