All posts by Billie Hara

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Teaching Carnival 6.01

September’s Teaching Carnival was compiled by Billie Hara, a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Arlington. Billie is both an educator and a faculty development consultant.  You can reach her via email, on Twitter, or through her website.   This month she gathers tips on teaching, advice to share with our students, ways to utilize technology in the classroom, and suggestions for professional development, along with a few sites to start the school year.

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Teaching Carnival 5.10

June’s Teaching Carnival was compiled by Billie Hara, a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Arlington.  You can reach her via email, Twitter, or through her blog, Crossing Borders. ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return for a snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms. You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival’s home page.

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ProfHacker: Projects with Instructables

So. How are you going to spend your summer?  Writing that book?  Finishing the article?  Recreating that course?  Spending hours upon hours in the stacks at your university library?   Sounds like fun.  How about activities that are less-than academic?  Remodeling the kitchen?  Canning vegetables from your garden?  Finishing that quilt?  Making your own backpacking food?  Building a heavy-duty sling shot?  Learning basic break dancing moves and freezes?  Throughout the year, we spend most of our…

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Writers’ Bootcamp: Disaster Preparedness

You’ve probably heard the old adage:  Often the best way to prepare for an emergency is to plan for one.  When I lived on the Gulf of Mexico, where the threat of hurricanes each year is very real, many people taught me how to prepare for such a natural disaster.  These kind folks told me to keep cash on hand, to keep the gas tank in my car filled, and to keep a stock-pile of food and water in the house.  They also encouraged me to create an emergency supply kit that would include a can ope…

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Writers’ Bootcamp: Summer Writing Edition 2012

Summer time is almost here.  For many of us, this means vacations and travel with family.  For others, summer may mean time spent reading for pleasure, taking up a new hobby, or kick starting an exercise and diet program.  For most of us in higher education, though, the summer is time we spend hunched over a keyboard revising an article, finishing a book, or writing a dissertation.  Well, no worries.  ProfHacker is here to help.  We have summertime tips and tricks for writing productivity….

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Disruptive Student Behavior: Do You Really Know What You’d Do?

Here at ProfHacker, we are committed to helping you (and ourselves) become better educators.  We write about teaching strategies, tools that aid in (teaching) productivity, and classroom strategies that work for us and that might just work for you.  Some of our posts deal with methods of instruction in specific disciplines.  Some of our content is generalizable across many fields and classroom situations.  And lastly, we focus on teaching situations that few of us cover in graduate school: …

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How Do You, NTT Faculty, Pay Your Rent?

In February of this year, Josh Boldt, a Writing Instructor and EdTech Consultant at the University of Georgia, asked his blog’s readership to contribute to a crowdsourced document on adjunct labor working conditions in the United States, this in response to Michael Bérubé’s call, as the new president of the Modern Language Association, to address adjunct labor practices and conditions.This simple request exploded across social media resulting in thousands of people contributing to a current pr…

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When Is Old School the ‘Best School’?

Here at ProfHacker, we strive to introduce you to the newest technologies and tools that can streamline your workflow, making your work life and even your home life a little easier, a little smoother, a little more manageable.  I don’t know about you (and I’m looking over my shoulder to make sure other ProfHackers aren’t reading this), sometimes those new fangled gadgets get in the way of my productivity.  (There I said it.)  Learning curves can be steep.  The tools can be expensive. …

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Teaching Carnival 5.07

[March’s Teaching Carnival is compiled by Billie Hara, a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Arlington.  You can reach her via email or on Twitter. ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return for a snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms. You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival’s home page. –Billie Hara]

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Disruptive Student Behavior: The Entitled Students

As higher education professionals, we have conversations with friends and colleagues about our students.  We’ve all done it.  The conversations can include how engaged students are with course material, how interesting classes can be when students participate, or maybe we’ve passed along a particularly funny exchange with students.  We love what we do, and we want to share that joy.  But then there are the other experiences, experiences we don’t readily share because we don’t quite know ho…