Friday Watch/Listen/Read (Oct 22, 2021)

Erika Writes: Daylight hours are noticeably fewer here in Orlando, lately anyway. The cooler, longer nights mean frogs on my windows sometimes, which excites the cats (especially Big Cat who would probably be the worst hunter around if he had to actually catch something, because his excitement is audible.) It also means more hours forContinue reading “Friday Watch/Listen/Read (Oct 22, 2021)”

Trapped in the Bathroom Stall

By Josiana Lacrete The hottest new term this year (besides “critical race theory”) is “social emotional learning.” They want us to teach children to connect to their emotions, listen to their bodies, and voice their needs. To face social and emotional challenges with an open mind. There are websites and videos and sample lessons thatContinue reading “Trapped in the Bathroom Stall”

In a Coronavirus Classroom…

Last week concluded the first installment of our Creative Writer’s Showcase. We are so thankful to all of our participants! This week, we are embarking on a one-of-a-kind view into the life of a classroom teacher during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are lucky to have these dispatches from Josi’s classroom, which we will be printingContinue reading “In a Coronavirus Classroom…”

Erika’s Big Think #6: The Story I Never Told my Grandmother

By Erika Grumet My grandmother was known for entertaining guests; in fact, the stone at her grave makes note of her skill as a hostess. I recall standing in the kitchen with my mother, while we were preparing the house to sit shiva* for her. I was busy getting the table organized, setting up coffee,Continue reading “Erika’s Big Think #6: The Story I Never Told my Grandmother”

Teaching my Kid about September 11

By Erika Grumet Editor’s Note: Readers of The Ivory Tower Boiler Room know that on Monday, we typically publish our Big Think, an essay giving a perspective on the month’s topic. But then in the days leading up to this important anniversary, Erika wrote the following and we decided just to go with it. SometimesContinue reading “Teaching my Kid about September 11”

(Podcast Release) Teaching and Writing to Transgress: Behind the Scenes of Academic Editing

Today’s episode is one that any teacher, writer or editor will want to listen to… whether you’re a “teacher” in the traditional sense or not. Andrew sits down with editors of “Teaching to Transgress,” the special pedagogy issue of the open-access journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. As a public humanities organization, we aim to bring you accessibleContinue reading “(Podcast Release) Teaching and Writing to Transgress: Behind the Scenes of Academic Editing”

Andrew’s Big Think #4

What is the Passion that Fuels the Ivory Tower Boiler Room? Enter Plato! By Andrew Rimby “I propose that each of us should make the finest speech he can in praise of Love, and then pass the topic on to the one on his right.” from Plato’s Symposium (translated by Christopher Gill) “I propose thatContinue reading “Andrew’s Big Think #4”

A Guest Blog-Post from Lev Raphael:

My Mentor is Always with Me (Originally published September 3, 2018 by Lev Raphael on his blog.) The Ivory Tower Boiler Room team is so grateful to be able to bring you a post from this week’s podcast guest, Lev Raphael, who is paying us a second visit to the Boiler Room on Saturday, having last gracedContinue reading “A Guest Blog-Post from Lev Raphael:”

Erika’s Big Think #3: “I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper and I was free.”

I don’t usually think of myself as a teacher. I love teaching, but I also knew there was no way I could handle classroom politics, and so, in spite of encouragement from my parents to consider teaching as a career, I went in a different direction with my undergraduate and graduate degrees. What I ended upContinue reading “Erika’s Big Think #3: “I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper and I was free.””

Andrew’s Big Think #3

Andrew Tries to Figure Out His Identity as a Public Scholar By Andrew Rimby It’s been difficult trying to figure out how to begin my reflection on this month’s Big Think theme: Education and Public Scholarship. The reason? Because so many of my projects are categorized as public scholarship, but when I begin dissecting thisContinue reading “Andrew’s Big Think #3”

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