Category «Teaching Academia»

Question of the Day

On my very first day of class this year, I framed our work around a question of the day. My question of the day for our first class was Is Texting Killing Language? Since this is a class for classroom teachers getting a Masters in literacy, I thought it was a great way to launch us. QOD …

Three Reasons Why I Hate Syllabi

I hate handing out written copies of course syllabi. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I didn’t always hate it. When I was a doctoral student I LOVED developing my course syllabus. When I was a beginning assistant professor I loved it. Why? I don’t know. I guess because it made me …

Confessions From a Failed Blogger

Today, I am thrilled to bring you another guest post from a student in my Masters course. As a part of my course, students are expected to maintain a blog that they post to regularly. In today’s post, Julie shares with you her thoughts on the assignment. Check out her most amazing blog here. Until …

What Do Students Think About Twitter Chats?

Today, I bring you a guest post from a student in my Masters class. Taylor was nice enough to share her thoughts on participating in twitter chats as a part of our course. I hope her insights help extend your thoughts on my previous posts about using twitter as an instructional tool and help you …

Using Twitter in Class

I love, love, love experimenting with different social media tools as a part of my teaching. I love it for several reasons: (a) it lets me learn a new tool and/or how a tool can be applied to instruction (b) it teaches my students a new tool and/or gets them thinking about it in a …

Why I Love Blogging as a Teaching Tool

I have been using blogging in my masters level classes for some time now. I can’t even count how many classes have had to blog as part of their experience. This current class is at least my fourth class doing it and possibly my fifth. I lost count a long time ago. Doesn’t really matter. …

Yoga as an Effective Learning Community

I’m about done with my stint here in Asheville learning about how to develop and teach online courses. Recently, we worked on how to foster effective learning communities in an online environment. We were asked to think about an effective learning community we had engaged in and an ineffective one and to identify what the …

Enter the World of Online Teaching

In my last post, I noted that I was on my way out of town to learn about summer teaching. I’m writing this though from my home office. I’m a couple of days away from leaving and starting this adventure, and I’ve got lots of thoughts running through my head. Most of them are about …