Here at ProfHacker, we devote about one-third of our posts (and our time) to teaching-related issues and activities. Our posts have covered, among other things, pedagogy, students, colleagues, tips, tricks, books, and lectures. We understand the importance of teaching in higher education. Nevertheless, we are not the only ones who understand it. At ProfHacker, we believe in collaboration in and the sharing of knowledge. Therefore, each month, we publish a roundup of links around the web, links devoted to teaching in higher education. These are the Teaching Carnivals. [You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival's home page.]
The teaching posts this month are extensive, and given that it’s summer and we “have summers off,” the wide-ranging nature of these posts was surprising. Let’s get started.
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Notes for Students
- Ellen Breman writes a few posts for students and how to be successful in the classroom: “Want Your Professor to Notice You?”, “Five Communication Strategies,” and “When C is a Lifeline or a Life Lesson.”
- Delaney Kirk offers, “Teaching Students to do an Elevator Speech.“
- University of Venus (at Inside Higher Ed) tells us how to “Create Memorable Presentations“
Notes for Parents of Pre-College Students
- Chris Drew, at Pocket Literacy Coach, explains “How Education is Changing: Reforming the Way We Support Parents” and “Reforming Thoughts on Parental Involvement.“
- Lee Skallerup, at ReadyWriting, “Why High School Sucks.“
Notes for Professors
- Delaney Kirk writes about “Reducing Incivility in the Classroom.“
- Blogging Pedagogy at the University of Texas (in a post that should have appeared last month), offers, “Helping Students with Invisible Disabilities.“
- Lee Skallerup, at ReadyWriting, explains the “D-Word” in “The D-Word: Diversity in the Classroom.“
- Tenured Radical, at her new Chronicle home, asks, “What do War and Teaching Have in Common?“
- Lisa Lane, at Lisa’s Online Teaching Blog, describes “Academic Freedom vs. Course Quality” and explains why “I’ll Grade Higher Next Semester, You Bet!“
Notes for Colleagues
- Teaching can be a solitary activity (one without colleagues), but getting along with colleagues is a part of our job as professors. Tenured Radical explores this notion in “Tell me How You Really Feel, Dude: Prof Said To Have Peed On Colleagues’ Office Doors.“
Notes from an Administrator
- Dean Dad at Community College Dean offers a university administrator’s perspective on “Plagiarism, Process, and the Point,” attending Mandatory Workshops,” and defines students who are NOT online students.
Notes Concerning Online Worlds
- Janet Johnson at MediaRhetoric.com discusses “The Weiner Situation and How Twitter Disempowers.”
- Richard Landers, at NeoAcademic, discussed “Understanding Presence in Virtual Worlds.“
- Kelli Marshall explains why students “Hate Twitter, That Piece of Crap“
Notes on How We Spend our Summers Teaching (and doing other things)
- Erin Wunker at Hook and Eye discusses Summertime Research and Teaching.
- Bardiac provides a course schedule in “Planning a Course: Masterpieces of English Lit.“
- LesboProf discusses her summer teaching experience.
- ProfKRG explains why “Writing It Down: Five Positive Reasons to Journal” is a good idea.
- Ben Deaton explores “Teaching and Note Taking in Technicolor” and “Time Spent on Basic Ideas is Never Wasted” with his Engineering students.
Notes about Technology
- Audrey Watters explains why she bit the bullet and bought a Livescribe pen (and how these might be beneficial in teaching).
- Barbara Nixon, at Public Relations Matters, offers a good list of Android Apps that aid in teaching.
- Derek Mueller has a quick post on using Google Calendar to schedule appointments.
- Chris Drew explains “Text Messaging, Quality Content, Community Outreach (and Reach-Back)“
Notes on a Movie Review
- Amanda Krauss, at Worst Professor Ever, reviews the new Cameron Diaz movie Bad Teacher “Bad Teacher, Good Movie.“
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How about you? Do you have any last minute links you’d like to add to this month’s carnival? Did we miss your work? If we don’t know about you, we can’t link to you. So, let us know what you are up to in the classroom. You can easily have one of your blog posts about teaching in higher education included in an issue of the teaching carnival by doing any or all of the following:
- Email the next host directly with the address to the permalink of your blog post, and/or
- Tag your post in Delicious (or Diigo or other bookmarking service) with teaching-carnival.
Sara Q. Thompson, a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Briar Cliff University will compile teaching-related posts for Teaching Carnival 4.12. You can send her your teaching-related links via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@librarienne). Keep in mind, that if you don’t send us your posts, we might miss them and they won’t get posted. So send them on! Lastly, if you are interested in hosting a future Teaching Carnival, please contact Billie Hara (email@example.com / @billiehara) for information.
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