Inspirational and aspirational models.
You’ve all seen them. You all know one. Uber-teachers. The ultimate guides-on-the-sides. The ones who’ve been gifted with the ability to effortlessly engage, enrapture, and educate their students. Without sweating (or swearing). Without the slightest twinge of unease. They know all about group work, and have group discussions down to an art. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds. They are a delight to behold and everybody loves them.
Is this the teaching ideal I should strive for?
Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Self-growth in academia: support sandwich evolution!”
I wrote a post in mid-October called, ‘Group work part 1 – Let’s get real.’ It focused on how students feel about group work, and using part 1 in the title implied there was going to be a part 2. I’m delivering on that promise. Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Group work (pt. 2). What’s in a name?”
Out with the old, in with the new.
Last year is gone, and this year is here. The new year brings promise, hope, and grumbles as we struggle to remember the correct date. It also brings the spring semester! Soon we’ll step into Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Top 10 List for Day 1”
It’s that time of year.
Joy! Peace! Goodwill! Laughter and cheer pervade even the gloomiest department. Smiles light the faces of students and teachers alike. No, it’s not the holiday spirit. It’s the transcendent relief that goes hand in hand with the end of the semester!
But in the midst of the merriment there is a slight current of unease…
What, you ask, could possibly sully this magical time?
Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – 3 Nuggets of Wisdom for Dealing with End-of-Semester ‘Feedback’”
Even for the most progressive educators, changing how we do things can be challenging. For some of us, even the mere mention of change can provoke panic. If you like to stay in your comfort zone, Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – 5 Steps to Changing Behavior”
Down in the doldrums.
Ugh. Here we are. The middle of the semester. SIGH. The crazed enthusiasm of a new beginning has worn away. The end of the semester is an eternity away. Getting enthused about learning, participating in discussions, even getting to class seems like a colossal effort. And that’s just us teachers!
It doesn’t help that Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Stuck in the middle (of the semester) with me”
Rah-rah, go team!
Glass half-full time! Working in groups (a.k.a. teamwork) is a good thing. It can build basic life skills that are needed in virtually every workplace (and for successfully co-existing on planet Earth). I found these stories about why teamwork is important positively magical. And peer learning is a key component of student-focused teaching strategies. Go teamwork, hooray!
But wait, what about the glass half-empty?
Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Group work (pt. 1). Let’s get real.”
The silent inquisition.
My 2-year-old is an inquisitive tyke. Why can’t I pick my nose? Why can’t I pick my sister’s nose? Why are you yelling at me for picking the dog’s nose? WHY, WHY, WHY? All. Day. Long.
At least he asks me for explanations. Apparently muteness, possibly with an aura of sullenness or the occasional withering glare, develops in the teen years.
Students in my class represent a strange hybrid of inquisitive toddlers and taciturn teens. When I introduce assignments or activities, Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Justifying just makes life easier”
Crickets are for the birds.
Letting go of my role as ‘Sage on the Stage’ (or rather ‘Sage behind the Gigantic Podium’) and becoming a ‘Guide on the Side’ is a transition fraught with bumps, detours, and dead ends. One of the first things I learned on my journey is that I despise crickets.
Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Say something. Anything. Please…?”
Fall is here. I have to teach.
Ah, the start of a new semester! Exciting times! The air smells fresher. The sun feels sunnier. Students zoom everywhere. Everyone waits in long lines for everything. Faculty panic as it sinks in that summertime is GONE, and with it all their glorious plans of crossing off the last item on that pesky to-do list. And goodbye, beautiful summer bucket list.
Now, I understand that some teachers dive into the fall semester as if it were a swimming pool in Nirvana.
I am NOT one of those people.
Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Changing educational pain to pleasure”