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From profanity to implicit bias, MSU students give professors teaching tips

Sep 28, 2016

Professors at college campuses across the state have handed out their semester outlines, reading lists and assignments for the new semester.

A group of Michigan State University students would like to return the favor.

Usually professors teach students. But this time, it's the other way around.
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They’ve published a new book called To My Professor: Student Voices for Great College Teaching.

This is the latest book from the students in MSU’s journalism program, who’ve been turning out the Bias Busters: Guides to Cultural Competence series.

The class that  wrote To My Professor was led by MSU Editor-In-Residence Joe Grimm.

Natalie Kozma and Bryce Airgood are two of the students who worked on the project.

“There’s all these instructional books and instructional manuals that are from other teachers – and it was from their perspective – so getting it from the students was just a different perspective,” Airgood said. “And instead of kind of assuming what was wrong with the students, we went straight to the source and asked them what can be done better, what would they like to see in the classroom, how can they have a more positive learning environment?”

For the full conversation, and some of the students’ findings, listen above.

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