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36 Questions to Help Create a Classroom Tribe

Creating a Learning Tribe Means Making Real Connections As a new academic year approaches, I am thinking about ways to get and keep my students engaged in our class, and a significant part of that is getting them to connect with one another as they can influence one another’s attitudes and ideas. Back in 1997 […]

Continue Reading Add comment August 12th, 2015

Fear Not Statistics

  It has been years since my last statistics class, and most of the number crunching I do these days is fairly standard stuff like creating formulas for grading in Excel or Google spreadsheets, so now when it is time crunch more data, I need a refresher. Here are websites that will make your statistical life as […]

Continue Reading 1 comment December 10th, 2014

Academic Writing as Scholarly Mashups

Every year DJ Earworm makes a mashup of the popular songs from the year … and it makes a new song (and video) in itself.  Here’s the one for 2014: As I have been commenting on student papers, it has dawned on me that using scholarly sources in your own paper is like creating a […]

Continue Reading 2 comments December 7th, 2014

Disappointment as a Teaching Tool

My title sounds a bit barbaric, but I got the idea from listening to a Radiolab broadcast about morality in which a woman talks about a game she played in her third grade class. While she learned a lot of lessons during the role play, the comment she made that stuck with me is that her […]

Continue Reading Add comment July 13th, 2014

Student Identification and Acknowledgement

Since I can remember, my household  has had a copy of The Reader’s Digest.  It was always on the reading table next to the lounger in the family room of my parents’ house, and it was one of my “go-to” magazines. After I graduated college, my mom started gifting me a yearly subscription and we keep […]

Continue Reading Add comment June 6th, 2014

Next Year in ENGH 121-122!

Get them to write childhood “learning” memories early on — journaling  While an entire lit narrative at this point will get them confused as what a “common” college writing assignment for history, econ, psych needs to look like, getting them to write moments will: give us a window onto them as individuals (as people and […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 16th, 2014

Literacy Narratives & Some of My Favorite Books as a Kid

These last weeks of the semester in ENGH 122, we are working on literacy narratives. The assignment asks students to write about two moments of learning to read or write, in either their first or second+ language(s). After that, they will look for a connection between the stories that says something about their literacy development. […]

Continue Reading Add comment April 24th, 2014

Teaching Layers of Paragraphs Development

Use Kermit & “It Isn’t Easy Being Green” Serve Smith Island Cake to students who consistently write well developed paragraphs and serve those with no development no cake and those with minimal development one layer cake 😉

Continue Reading Add comment March 29th, 2014

Lecture Capture – make that, Lecture Creation and Release – Performance Art

Just the other day I was talking with colleagues about the reality that teaching is performance art. You certainly have to know your “lines,” but simply knowing your lines is not enough. Good delivery is also important. And now with lecture capture becoming more commonplace and easy to set up, it is time for me […]

Continue Reading Add comment June 15th, 2011

Google Docs – I’m finally willing, down-right eager actually

A few years back I tried using Google docs for my class spreadsheet as a way to avoid having to remember which flash drive and/or desktop/laptop had the current truly up-to-date version of my spreadsheet. Back then Google spreadsheets were too iffy in terms of stability and did not have enough features to warrant moving […]

Continue Reading Add comment December 14th, 2010

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