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Home » May 31st, 2010 Entries posted on “May, 2010”

Guilty!

My recent posts have ranged over publications and interviews; it seems time to bring this back to me for an embarrassing confession: the common criticisms of adjunct faculty are becoming true about me. That is to say, I’ve heard it said/seen it written that adjuncts don’t stay current in their field the way that tenure […]

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Clean up In Aisle Five

I have to believe that taking control of the classroom environment provides a slightly saner, better learning environment for students, and a pleasanter workspace for myself.

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Lore to Kairos (and the envelope please…)

I recently wrote about wordriver (and my ambivalence regarding it). This week I’d like to touch on a markedly different publication, Kairos. Kairos is subtitled “A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.” They’ve been around for more than a decade, which means they were publishing about the intersection of computers and rhetoric back in the […]

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Improving as an Instructor: Enhancing Your Own Educational Experience

This is it. This is the summer you will brush up on your teaching skills or your organization techniques. You know it will make your life easier and will improve the learning experiences of your students. But, where to start?

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Planning for Fall Already: My, Oh My….Syllabi

I’m already planning my Fall courses. I start with the syllabus. It’s a question about how many rules I want to put in the syllabus. I hate to start the class on such a negative point; but when I don’t include rules it always comes back to haunt me. One of the elements I struggle […]

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To Re-vamp or Not to Re-vamp

How often do you change your course material? Textbooks come out with new editions seemingly every year (or bi-annually at the very least) but to those of us in the trenches, the ability to revisit our lesson plans is limited by the fact that generally we teach year round. What is a body to do?

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Commuter Hell, the Ballet

The old, dirty flatbed truck two vehicles ahead if me is loaded down with assorted shopping carts. Had I noticed, I would have gotten in the other lane; now, it’s too late. I’ll be trapped in this spot for at least 20 minutes. I pound my flat palms on the steering wheel and use my […]

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Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care

With the best of intentions, we all lapse into a monotone drone at some point or another. Students start dropping like dozy flies. Heads jerk, yawns are stifled, eyes droop. Rather than take it personally, jolt them out of their stupor by building in some movement to your lesson plan.

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Waiting for the Fallout

I missed a deadline last week.  I teach at ABC College, a proprietary school that is well-known for strict faculty grading deadlines, and I missed one.  I was aware of what I was doing and was willing to accept the consequences.  I had 48 hours to return feedback on assignments in two sections of the […]

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U.S. Has One of the Highest College Remedial Education Rates

Professor Derron Bowen teaches high school math to college students, patiently chalking equations on the board on basic arithmetic topics such as the speed of a driver on a 20-hour trip. Bowen’s class at Broward College in South Florida is for students who didn’t score high enough on an entrance test to get into college-level […]

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  • Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt—How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

    by Anne Fischer The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich ISBN: 978-1610391733 288 pages On March 18, 1970, over one hundred activists occupied the offices of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Under the banner of the magazine’s slogan “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” […]

  • Black Earth and Ivory Tower

    by Zachary Michael Jack, University of South Carolina Press, 2005. 312 pages. reviewed by Kathleen D. Kelsey Reading Black Earth and Ivory Tower reminds me of why I’m an academic and a hobby gardener and not a full-time farmer. In-between reading the 32 expertly written short essays, I pluck redbud seedlings out of my herb […]

  • The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors

    by Vicki Urquhart If ever a book cover belied its contents The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors does. Don’ t be put off by the title and the unfortunate choice of headless torsos used as cover art. Beyond these obstacles is a collection of funny, sad, sardonic, self-effacing, and tender tales. […]

  • The On-line Lecture

    by Evelyn Beck Conscientious instructors wouldn’t think of spending a class period reading to their students in a monotone from lecture notes that only summarize the homework reading assignment. Lectures, we all know, need to capture students’ interest. Nevertheless, when it comes to on-line lectures, that same care is rarely applied. Perhaps because we lack […]

  • Study Examines Whether Online Adjuncts Have it any Better Than Their On Campus Counterparts

    by Meris Stansbury According to a new report, online adjunct faculty are experiencing many of the same challenges as on-campus adjuncts, mainly because the same policies governing on-campus adjuncts are used for those in online programs. But that’s only the tip of the online adjunct practice iceberg. According to the report—a joint project of WCET […]

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