Today's post: Students checking cell phone messages during class.
Today's post: How To Handle Questions From Students.
Today's post: Dealing with issue of student body odor.
Tomorrow I start a new semester and my 29th year of teaching at the college level. To celebrate, I'm reading over this poem by Billy Collins (U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003).
Glancing over my shoulder at the past,
I realize the number of students I have taught
is enough to populate a small town.
I can see it nestled in a paper landscape,
chalk dust flurrying down in winter,
nights dark as a blackboard.
The population ages but never graduates.
On hot afternoons they sweat the final in the park
and when it's cold they shiver around stoves
reading disorganized essays out loud.
A bell rings on the hour and everybody zigzags
into the streets with their books.
I forgot all their last names first and their
first names last in alphabetical order.
But the boy who always had his hand up
is an alderman and owns the haberdashery.
The girl who signed her papers in lipstick
leans against the drugstore, smoking,
brushing her hair like a machine.
Their grades are sewn into their clothes
like references to Hawthorne.
The A's stroll along with other A's.
The D's honk whenever they pass another D.
All the creative-writing students recline
on the courthouse lawn and play the lute.
Wherever they go, they form a big circle.
Needless to say, I am the mayor.
I live in the white colonial at Maple and Main.
I rarely leave the house. The car deflates
in the driveway. Vines twirl around the porch swing.
Once in a while a student knocks on the door
with a term paper fifteen years late
or a question about Yeats or double-spacing.
And sometimes one will appear in a windowpane
to watch me lecturing the wallpaper,
quizzing the chandelier, reprimanding the air.
Source: Sailing Around the Room: New and Selected Poems.
Today's post: Things we do as faculty that irritate our students.
Today's post: Put together a list of FAQs that your students will have.
Today's post: Getting student participation
Today's post: How to handle unhapppy students.
Today's post: How to get your students to come to class on time.
And just for fun: Dr. Kirkcat illustrates professional dress for faculty.
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I'm big in Lincoln, Nebraska. Just saying :) And I always enjoy going back to the midwest. I spent 18 years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, so it seems like going home.
I'm leaving today to teach my third faculty development workshop in Lincoln, this time at Union College. In addition to topics of teaching effectiveness and classroom management, I'll discuss a number of creative educational technology tools that can be used in the classroom.
I'm looking forward to it.
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