Is It Even Possible to Teach Critical Thinking to Today’s College Students?

Is It Even Possible to Teach Critical Thinking to Today’s College Students?

By Jenny Ortiz It’s no secret that as a society, we get our basic legal information from the television show “Law & Order.” When I interact with students, most cite this show along with “CSI,” “NCIS” and “House” as their favorites because they’re based on “real life.” I love television more than most, but I […]

When Is One More Chance One More Too Many? Student Excuses

When Is One More Chance One More Too Many? Student Excuses

By Jenny Ortiz Given that classes during winter sessions are so short, missing a class or two can mean failing the class. Currently at LaGuardia, my students and I have only two months together in which to answer to What is Literature? Every class is fast-paced and new material is presented. Given the time frame, […]

The Princes of Academe: How Academic Administration is Hurting Education

The Princes of Academe: How Academic Administration is Hurting Education

By Jenny Ortiz There’s a difference between blue and yellow. There’s an obvious difference between a house and a cardboard box. When did the difference between academic administration and politicians become so hard to define and separate? Recently, I was at a workshop on the history of women within the Taoism community, hosted by one […]

Are Adjuncts At Risk of Failing Our At Risk Students?

Are Adjuncts At Risk of Failing Our At Risk Students?

By Jenny Ortiz Student 1 is always 2 minutes late because her job won’t let her leave early. Student 2 has never been to the museum. Student 3 is pledging to a fraternity while, his buddy, student 4 is trying to keep a GPA of 3.89. Student 5 has severe PTSD from his time as […]

Smart Classrooms Being Abandoned For Smarter Students: Should Profs Ban Technology in Class?

Smart Classrooms Being Abandoned For Smarter Students: Should Profs Ban Technology in Class?

By Jenny Ortiz Most of your students don’t know who Chuck Norris is. Many of them don’t watch as much television as you think. The only reading they do is if it is assigned to them and that is done haphazardly. The news is not only filtered by the media but by their friend who […]

Why Are More & More Students Unprepared to Succeed in College?

Why Are More & More Students Unprepared to Succeed in College?

By Jenny Ortiz Freshman. Freshies. Freshmeat. Whatever the term for first year students may be at any college, what is agreed upon is that in the next four years they will learn a lot in and outside of the classroom. From day one, their parents¬† try to impart little gems of knowledge that will help […]

Is There Such A Thing As Being TOO Available to Students?

By Jenny Ortiz It’s well known that as a Freeway Flyer, I find myself running from campus to campus to not only get to my classes but to spend more time on each college as a way to remain available to my students. While other instructors are able to spend all day on campus and, […]

If You Don’t Have Jitters On the First Day, Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Teaching

If You Don’t Have Jitters On the First Day, Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Teaching

By Jenny Ortiz The yearly work that comes with the first day of Fall classes, as always, feels tedious and only reminds me of the enormous workload I have this coming semester. Like most Freeway Flyers, taking on six classes in one semester is hard and at the end, I tell myself to never to […]

Finding Elbow Room: Dealing With Overcrowded Classrooms

By Jenny Ortiz Though I teach literature, I was doing some calculations this week. If I have two classes at Adelphi with 20¬† students in each class, I am accountable for 40 students. Add that to the 25 in my core literature class as well as my 30 in American literature from St. John’s. I […]