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Home » January 29th, 2010 Entries posted on “January, 2010”

The Top Ten Reasons It Is Great To Be a Freeway Flyer

I am sure there are more than ten good reasons to be a Freeway Flyer, but here are the top ten, David Letterman style. 10.  Save a fortune on your wardrobe. You can wear the same outfit two days in a row if you go to two different colleges. Professional wardrobes can be expensive, so […]

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To Facebook Friend Add or Not….

I am not shy. This was an asset back in the early 90s when I sold computers and corporate network solutions. It’s an asset in the classroom now. Not being shy, though, means that sometimes I may trample over appropriate social boundaries without even realizing it. In my defense, those boundaries seem sometimes to be […]

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Be the Voice of the Irritated Edge!

In his recent (2009) book Designing the Smart Organization author Roland Deiser primarily focuses on learning in the corporate environment. In fact, one of his starting points is the claim that traditional models of education (such as those that happen in classrooms) are too limited in both scope and definition. He overstates his case a bit—he […]

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The Good, The Bad and The Baby

The first full week of January was a big one for me. I was rested and recovered after two full weeks off from all my teaching, I was teaching my favorite classes, and I became a Grandmother for the first time. Due to the magic of teaching online, I was able to be there through […]

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Who Are You?

Once you know ‘who you are’ as a teacher, then it is easier to make decisions regarding hands on teaching issues like classroom management, grade disputes, late work, and make-up exams.

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How Not to Burn Bridges (Hey, what is that smoky smell?)

I had planned to write this week about how to avoid burning bridges with colleges if someone has to turn down a class. Then, the phone rang at 8:30 this morning and shortly after, I began to smell smoke. First, some background. This semester was going to be my biggest yet in terms of number […]

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And They’re Off!

For many of us, the year opens like gates at a horse racetrack.  To outsiders, it may have seemed like we got a ridiculous amount of time off over the holidays (nine to fivers of my acquaintance worked BOTH Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the horror) but we know better. This post is about […]

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Ready-Set-Go: The Curtain Goes Up On A New Semester

I rushed around this morning trying to find my nice shoes, print out a copy of my lecture notes, grab the textbook, and wolf down something so my stomach wouldn’t rumble. It was the first day of the new semester. I felt equally harried and elated. I wanted to leave early because students tend to […]

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Is the Organized Instructor the Effective Instructor? It Helps!

Organization is important for all college instructors, and is especially important for the Freeway Flyer. There are tricks that you can use that may simplify your professional life and make your personal life more relaxed. Color is a wonderful thing – it keeps our world beautiful; it reminds us to watch the sunset and mark […]

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Blackboard Addicts Anonymous

Hello, my name is Jodi, and I am a Blackboard addict. If they had a support group for people addicted to their online classrooms, my husband would force me to go. It seems the only time I am not online is when I am driving or sleeping. I use Blackboard as support in every face-to-face […]

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    by Steven Volk Planning a route, getting gas and changing a flat tire don’t sound challenging to most young adults, but for students on the autism spectrum at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, it was one of the greatest tests of their independence. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of developmental disabilities […]

  • Study: Infrequent Teacher Evaluations Don’t Identify The Best (or Worst) Teachers

    by Staff Baylor University recently beefed up its evaluation and hiring practices for the school’s lecturers. Adjunct faculty are often re-hired and dismissed based on annual or twice yearly student evaluations. Certainly, poor reviews are often earned. However, it is the exceptional college or university which integrates the evaluation of temporary faculty into the same […]

  • A Review of Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers

    Untitled Document by Silvia Foti In today’s real-world, real-time academic climate, in which faculty are expected to teach beyond the textbook so that students can apply their skills outside of the classroom, Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers offers plenty of ideas to nudge or, if necessary, forcefully push students into […]

  • Resources for Finding Work Abroad

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL work, whether abroad or in the U.S., can be daunting–and downright frustrating without good resources. Fortunately, there are now many useful guides for job searches in almost any field or discipline in almost any country. However, you won’t find many of these published resources in your local bookstore. Some […]

  • Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

    by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

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