What Will Your Students Remember in Twenty Years?

Although sometimes it feels like it’s enough to plan for what our students will (hopefully) remember for the final exam, truly aspirational professors look far beyond, to what our students will remember when they reach mid-life. This article from Chronicle Vitae considers what is most valuable about our teaching: sometimes an approach to learning, passion for the subject, or big-picture thinking, rather than disciplinary content. The question can also animate a different way to approach our syllabi, as we reach far into the future in an exercise in way-back, backwards design. Read on for more on this intriguing way to think about student learning, and how to frame our teaching.

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