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joey_fan
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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2007, 10:17:40 am »

LOL. I've had my moments entertaining this idea. I show up in sweats/PJs, plop down and talk about the dorms/bad dining hall food, whatev, and then SURPRISE!! I'M THE PROF.

Expect the unexpected in my course, peeps!!!

I still think it's more fun to dress like a student (you know in pj's) and blend in. It's an interesting experience--and an intriguing opportunity to observe social dynamics.
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2007, 10:22:15 am »

Of course you're qualified! They wouldn't think otherwise!

You can say that this is your first semester teaching at xyz, but move quickly on to a description of your cool research. One of the important things we teach them is what it is to DO the work they're preparing for by taking classes. (Yeah, yeah, clearly I'm not a comp teacher. That last sentence was a mess and I don't know how to fix it).

I constantly bring up examples from my work and research to illustrate the points I'm making in class.
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2007, 10:39:22 am »

LOL. I've had my moments entertaining this idea. I show up in sweats/PJs, plop down and talk about the dorms/bad dining hall food, whatev, and then SURPRISE!! I'M THE PROF.

Expect the unexpected in my course, peeps!!!

I still think it's more fun to dress like a student (you know in pj's) and blend in. It's an interesting experience--and an intriguing opportunity to observe social dynamics.

I sat with my students for fifteen minutes before the first class once. They didn't say a word. It was boring, to be honest.
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2007, 11:19:49 am »

Great suggestions, tamiam! I hadn't thought about that "Let me show you what I do" factor of teaching before.

...One of the important things we teach them is what it is to DO the work they're preparing for by taking classes. (Yeah, yeah, clearly I'm not a comp teacher. That last sentence was a mess and I don't know how to fix it).

I constantly bring up examples from my work and research to illustrate the points I'm making in class.
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2007, 11:59:59 am »

Wow, I'm scared now. You all make it sound like the students are vicious and out to get us!  When I started adjuncting, I did tell them "Hi, I'm Smurfette Jones, and this is my first time teaching here. I am a biologist and for my research I work on dolphin communication". Etc.  Nobody ever tried to take advantage of me. The worst that happened was that some didn't care or were bored. But nobody tried to exploit my "green-ness" even though I looked even younger then...

I'm with you smurfette. Honestly, I wonder where some people teach and hope that I never have to work there! I see nothing wrong with introducing oneself, it's just good manners after all.  Most of the students will figure out if you are new or not anyway, so you might as well tell them!
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2007, 12:38:34 pm »

With first years, I generally spend a couple of minutes. "My name is Dr. Science Expat, I'm part of the xxx research group, and my main research interest is yyyy. Some of you will also see me in such-and-such module and in second and third years I teach...... Also, as you'll find, I travel quite a bit so don't be surprised when classes are re-arranged later in the term".

For more advanced students, I just refer to my research and the travel. (I like to make them jealous...)
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2007, 1:45:15 pm »

The essence of teaching is persuasion which is based on logos, pathos and ethos.  Why would teachers elect to use less than all the tools available them?
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2007, 1:56:10 pm »

This is how you introduce yourself to your students on the first day of class?

Are you logos, pathos, or ethos, or do you play all three, a la Tony Curtis or Peter O'Toole?
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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2007, 2:04:00 pm »

This is how you introduce yourself to your students on the first day of class?

Are you logos, pathos, or ethos, or do you play all three, a la Tony Curtis or Peter O'Toole?

Bathos.
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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2007, 2:23:21 pm »

This is how you introduce yourself to your students on the first day of class?

Are you logos, pathos, or ethos, or do you play all three, a la Tony Curtis or Peter O'Toole?

It really isn't necessary for any of us to know everything about everything.  Lacking knowledge in a particular technical vocabulary doesn't necessarily mean that you have a small weenie, Yellowtractor.

But to jump into a thread for the first time only to demonstrate your lack of knowledge, that might be an early indicator.

I will readily defer to your obviously greater knowledge in a thread on Tonka Toys.  So, go there now and let the adults talk here. 
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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2007, 2:33:01 pm »

This is how you introduce yourself to your students on the first day of class?

Are you logos, pathos, or ethos, or do you play all three, a la Tony Curtis or Peter O'Toole?

It really isn't necessary for any of us to know everything about everything.  Lacking knowledge in a particular technical vocabulary doesn't necessarily mean that you have a small weenie, Yellowtractor.

But to jump into a thread for the first time only to demonstrate your lack of knowledge, that might be an early indicator.

I will readily defer to your obviously greater knowledge in a thread on Tonka Toys.  So, go there now and let the adults talk here. 

Goldstein, my response to your "logos, pathos, or ethos" post was going to be "huh?" but I decided not to bother.

In retrospect, I should have.
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« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2007, 2:35:06 pm »

The essence of teaching is persuasion which is based on logos, pathos and ethos.  Why would teachers elect to use less than all the tools available them?

Are those the three musketeers?

No, seriously, G-man. Explain. Clearly your latin (or is it greek) is above at least some of the heads here. Namely, mine.

Logic, pathetic-ness, and ethics?
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« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2007, 2:37:08 pm »

Piling on as another who is stumped by the technical language (a.k.a. jargon).  I was going to politely ask goldstein to explain, but now I just feel stupid.
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« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2007, 2:38:22 pm »

The essence of teaching is persuasion which is based on logos, pathos and ethos.  Why would teachers elect to use less than all the tools available them?

Why yes, of course, I always begin the semester by pronouncing my moral competence to my students. Wins them over every time.

Pft.
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« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2007, 2:45:30 pm »

LOL. I've had my moments entertaining this idea. I show up in sweats/PJ's, plop down and talk about the dorms/bad dining hall food, whatever, and then SURPRISE!! I'M THE PROF.

Expect the unexpected in my course, peeps!!!

I still think it's more fun to dress like a student (you know in pj's) and blend in. It's an interesting experience--and an intriguing opportunity to observe social dynamics.

I sat with my students for fifteen minutes before the first class once. They didn't say a word. It was boring, to be honest.

Especially with freshmen, you've got to do some of the work to get them talking--freshmen are scared to speak (give 'em a year...). It's a lot of fun once you get into it, but it's not always appropriate.

Yeah, I look young enough to pull this off for a few more years, but I've also never worried about them questioning whether or not I'm qualified to teach--freshman level through split level courses. It's about confidence and how we represent ourselves. (Not so much with words, but with actions and presence).

Don't worry too much about it. If you're qualified, it'll come across clearly without you trumpeting your qualifications. If you're not qualified, find a mentor and prepare, prepare, prepare.
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