Clinkers in the Classroom: We Can Learn From What Doesn’t Work Too

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Books and journals on college teaching are chock full of best practices, compelling activities, and successful ideas for the classroom. These resources do help, but also helpful are experiences at the unsuccessful end of the teaching spectrum. I am referring to clinkers – those best practices that go off track or great activities that students greet with disdain. With all the attention paid to those examples of what works, where’s the coverage of what didn’t work and what might be learned from failure?

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