One thing I've learned after 27 years of teaching is that using rubrics for exams, papers, and student presentations means less time grading and more specific feedback for the students. Check out this website for thousands of free rubrics for teachers.
Many of us have started warning our students that they should be careful what they post on the internet. Here's the first court ruling addressing the use of a social network page (MySpace) in an adverse decision. The case dealt with the awarding of a degree in an university but could apply to employers and applicants also.
Today’s educators teach in times that are both exciting and demanding. Many of us have witnessed—and have contributed to—significant shifts in education. Sometimes, we find that those shifts push us outside our comfort zones.
She goes on to say that we will have new roles as frameworkers, connectors, and enablers.
Frameworkers ”do a great deal of planning, organization, and management up front [so that they] feel that it frees them up to work alongside their students as coaches and guides. These teachers are very likely to be open to learning alongside their students.”
Connectors bring “a world of learning to the doorsteps of their students. The process can be as simple as finding, and persuading, the right speakers, mentors, and specialists to participate in the life of the classroom, to creating and participating in connective software and Nexus points that broaden the view and knowledge base of students.
Enablers include students in the teaching and learning process as noted by one instructor who admits to a lack of technical expertise while realizing that the power of technology can contribute to learning. “My philosophy (about technology inclusion) is ‘We’re all in this together’,” she explains. “If I’m trying to take my students through a step in the technological process, and I get lost, I ask them to help me through it. I have to be willing to learn with them.”
When we embrace the notion that how we teach is as crucial to the learning process as what we teach, we naturally begin to expand and reexamine our roles as teachers. As we reach into the world of our students, the everyday business of teaching and learning transforms into a shared, creative journey. And isn’t that when teaching, and learning, really start to matter?
I'm off to Lincoln, Nebraska, today to teach a faculty development workshop at the BryanLGH College of Health Sciences on Friday. The school provides professional education emphasizing clinical competence as well as academic excellence in order to prepare students for careers in Nursing and Allied Health.
In addition to topics of teaching effectiveness and classroom management, I'll discuss using educational technology such as blogs, wikis, and Twitter in the classroom.
Yesterday, I asked if other professors were using Twitter in their classroom. Here’s an interesting article on CEOs who use Twitter and
why. I'm thinking that an interesting assignment in my MBA class on Leadership this fall would be to have the students pick someone to follow and then analyze how that CEO and company is using Twitter as a business strategy.
This article on using Twitter in the classroom states that it "helps students develop key skills in listening,
information-gathering, multitasking and succinct writing." Twitter appears to be used primarily in Communications, PR, and Marketing classes.
I'm thinking of using Twitter in my management classes this fall-either as a visual aid for student presentations or as a way to review for exams. I would be curious to hear how others are using this technology.
This anonymous blogger poses the questions we've all had at some point in our teaching career...
What would happen if I walked into class and left my ipod
in? If I just pantomimed my way through a lecture while I actually rocked out
in my own little ipod world? It would look like I was teaching, just
like it looks like you (chick in the 7th row to the left) are paying
attention to me. Or, what if I lectured and played a video game at the same
time? Instead of slides, you could see my game. Or if I just decided to work on
the campus newspaper crossword puzzle (how can that take you all class period?
It’s ridiculously easy, if you want, I can just give you all the answers in the
first 2 minutes of class). Hmmm…what if I just interrupted class to take a call
on my cell phone, or sent a text message or two. Oooh I know, what if I just
ripped off a lecture from the internet. You know, it would be completely and
obviously distinct from my usual lecture style. The organization would be
different, the format of my slides would be different, it would just scream “I
DIDN’T DO THIS” but I just passed it off to you like it was my own work. I will
have to try these things. I’ll consider it pedagogical research and will begin
as soon as I get tenure.
I'm leaving today for Cincinnati to participate in my first half marathon on May 3 with Patti Digh and 11 other women from 10 cities in 8 different states. We are raising money for Metropolitan Ministries,
an organization that helps poor and homeless people get jobs, housing, their lives back together...If you would like to make a donation, click here.
AND Patti's giving away t-shirts! As she notes, if you make a pledge to Metropolitan Ministries for $5 a mile or more ($65.50), she will send you one of the Life is a Verb
Flying Pig half-marathon extravaganza t-shirts! Please be sure to note "Flying Pig--Digh"
in the comment line so she will know who to send the t-shirt to, and send her
an email at patti(at)pattidigh(dot)com with your address and
"Every donation, no matter how large or small, counts, and gives back
dignity to human beings just trying to make it, mile by mile."