Offices are not the most important things; they are certainly not as important as salary, job security, or even respect, but they are a concern.
by Kat Kiefer-Newman It was bound to happen in one of my classes. I knew that sooner or later I would be confronted by the fanatical devotion fans have for the Twilight books and movies. Twilight, for the three people in the United States who don’t know, is the first in a series of novels […]
Sometimes, I compare freeway flyers to modern day “Zorros.” Who was that masked man/woman? We come, we teach and conquer, and we go.
My first experience with online learning was in July 2003 as a student. This was before the emergence of online social networking as we know it today. We were not Linked In and we were not finding all of our long-lost classmates and cousins on Facebook. Students and faculty got to know each other in […]
Writing and delivering good exams is an art that only develops with attention and practice. It is important to imbue students with the sense that exams are important academic rituals.
Seeking to reward ‘intent’ by measuring it with performance is a recipe for unhappiness. Here are some things I do in my classroom to when I want to incentivize either effort or performance, but do not wish to conflate the two.
As I’ve said before, critical thinking is important, but if the students can’t figure out how to put their ideas down on the page in a readable way, then no one will care if they thought critically. Even if I explain all of this to the students and they agree that learning methods is what […]
I am one of those people, I use a Mac. My schools and online students do not know this, as I am mainstream about most things loaded on it. I use Safari, but have Firefox loaded for certain application. I use the MS Office 2008 for Mac, so student papers do not come back in […]
Except, upon further reflection, I began to consider some of the things that have been happening in real-life community colleges lately.
As college professors, teaching people how to learn is at the heart of our profession. The activities we assign need to be geared toward that end, and so this post is about tips for creating effective assignments, ones that motivate learning through action.