Thank you, this is a good reminder for me. I think when you’re into something new and you’re excited, it’s easy to get carried away and evangelize the “one true faith.”

I think you also nailed it on Twitter when you reference the danger of “should” statements. “Should” creates factions and turns questions into binary yes-no debates, even if there isn’t a yes-no answer.

A few years ago I had the privilege of hearing New York Times columnist David Bornstein, and he said something that stuck with me.

Instead of diving into the yes-no policy dates with “should” questions, start with “How might we…” (HMW) questions. Some examples:

How might we create engagement from the first day of class?

How might students best learn the information they need to know on the syllabus?

How might we benefit from the traditional way of presenting information from the syllabus?

How might we benefit from an alternative way of presenting information from the syllabus?

Or even, how might we open educators up to differing approaches than their own?

PS Your syllabus looks fantastic, thanks for posting here for the ideas. I especially like the Tinyletter approach, and I just subscribed to yours.

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