Tag «college teaching»

I Forgot the Grades

I really, really, really hate grades. I think what I hate most is when the focus of the students becomes all about the grades. You know – the what do I need to do to get an A in this class stuff. But it’s not really their fault. I can’t blame them or that attitude. If …

Getting Out of the Post-Tenure Slump

I’ve had tenure for awhile now (maybe four years? I dunno. I was too lazy to go look it up). Prior to going up for tenure I worked like a mad, rabid dog for a solid five years. What this means is that while I am only paid to work 9-months out of the year, …

Having an Epic Fail

I recently went to the Teaching Professor Technology Conference. It was my first time going (I did not present), and I found it to be pretty worthwhile. I definitely got some ideas for my spring courses. But that’s another post. On the last day, we had a morning strategy swap session. The morning speaker had …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Three Keys for Understanding Struggling Readers

I have long had an interest with students who struggle with reading. The term struggling reader has a long history to it. Over time, students who have academic reading difficulties in school have been referred to in a number of ways including reluctant readers, struggling readers, and striving readers. When we use a term – any …