Teaching

Feature
February 9, 2016, 6am PST
An experiment involving colorful Legos, big pictures, and "Where Things Are From Near to Far."
Pete Sullivan
Blog post
December 10, 2015, 10am PST
Describing a seminar on "Sprawl and the Law" at the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
December 1, 2010, 12pm PST

 As students have been choosing classes over the last year, one question I’ve received is: how important is the teacher vs. the subject matter? In general, I argue, your own attitude is the most important factor in how well you learn. However, truly terrible teaching can make that more difficult and truly wonderful teaching can change your life for the better.

Ann Forsyth
Blog post
May 28, 2008, 1pm PDT

Today, I turned in my grades for my seminar on "Sprawl and the Law." It occurred to me that some readers of this blog might be academics, and might be interested on how one can teach a course on sprawl.

I began by defining the issue. As I pointed out in an earlier post (at http://www.planetizen.com/node/31063) the term "sprawl" has two common meanings: where we grow (city or suburb) and how we grow (pedestrian-friendly or automobile-dependent). Policies that affect the first type of "sprawl" need not affect the second (and vice versa).

Michael Lewyn