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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The State of Education
- Grant Wiggins at his blog Granted, but …, provides a rationale for using “Value Added” in Value added – Why its Use Makes Me Angry (OR: A Good Idea Gone Bad, Again, in Education.
- The Editors of Rethinking School write an editorial on the Occupy movement in Occupy Education.
- Jack Solomon writes about Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel, On the Road, in Teaching Popular Cultural Semiotics.
- Traci Gardner has spent some time writing about Connected Learning: Can Connected Learning Make a Curriculum Relevant? She then provides Examples of Connected Learning Activities. Lastly, Gardner continues with Yes, And . . . I Still Want to Try Connected Learning.
- Comics and graphic novels appeared frequently this month. Elizabeth Losh and Jonathan Alexander discuss Comics as Critique: Some Approaches to Graphic Teaching, Part 3 and provide important insights in Learning from the Pros: Interview with Graphic Novelist Keith McCleary, Part One
- J Ben Deaton asks that important question Who Knew that Edward Tufte has a podcast? (I certainly didn’t!)
- Here’s a reminder about the newest offerings from TED: TED.Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing. Viewers can search for relevant lessons by subject,
- Melissa Venable at Inside Online Learning writes about Creating Consistency in Your Online Courses
- Assessment is an important topic to teaching and Melissa Venable at Inside Online Learning retells a student’s perspective in The Quiz was … Awesome.
- Andrea Zellner at GradHacker explores Tools for Providing Student Feedback.
- Pernille Ripp at Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension explores grading in Let’s Discuss Your Weaknesses and Watch You Soar and Throwing Out Grades Doesn’t Mean Throwing Out Expectations.
- In “What to Do When You Have a Bad Class,” Ellen Bremen, The Chatty Professor, discusses the dreaded experience when a class dynamic doesn’t gel… including a previous one of her own.
- Melissa Venable at Inside Online Learning explores Teaching with Text Messages.
- Terry Heick at Edudemic provides 100 (Updated) Ways to Use Facebook in Your Classroom, then he also provides 5 Ways Rapid Technology Change Impacts Education.
- Barbara Nixon lists 13 Ways to be an Awesome Guest Speaker
- Andrew Miller at Edutopia gives us 5 Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout
- Elena Aguilar asks, Teachers, What’s Your Vision?
- Kelli Marshall discusses Teaching in T-Shirts and Skirts.
- Katy Meyers at GradHacker reminds us that relaxing is important in Taking Time to Turn Off.
- Ellen Bremen provides answers to a first-gen student who has failed their first year and is afraid to tell parents: “I just finished my first year. I’m not doing so hot.” Part 1 and Part 2
And because it’s the season: Selected Commencement Addresses
- Jane Lynch’s Commencement Address at Smith College
- Aaron Sorkin’s Commencement Address at Syracuse University
- Lou Holtz’s Commencement Address at University of Portland
- Ira Glass Commencement Address to Goucher College Class of 2012
- Eric E. Schmidt: 2012 Boston University Commencement
- Mitt Romney – Liberty University Commencement
- President Obama Speaks at Barnard College Commencement
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A last note: If you do not see your discipline represented in these Teaching Carnivals, it’s because we don’t know about you (or them). Please send them to the current compiler of the TC or to Billie Hara (email or twitter) and we’ll get them included next time. Better yet, volunteer to compile a Carnival yourself! We are always looking for more contributors for the Teaching Carnival, so if you have interest in compiling links for one month later this year, please contact Billie Hara for information.
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