Essentials in my instructor room: a nice desk, a filing cabinet, a computer with internet connection, a printer, and other teachers.This is my desk at the university. Is it important for teachers to be altogether in one office? Does it make more sense to physically separate teachers of one program? Read More »What’s a staff room to you?
After potentially a summer off, if I were the photocopier, I’d dread the day school begins: all those instructors, all those handouts, all that toner. Why do we feel this automatic reaction to photocopy so much material? I think it often boils down to anxiety. Read More »Photocopier: Oh no, not you again!
It’s been a winding road of trial and error. Much like one experiences when teaching the same level session after session, I’ve tried just about every idea that comes into my head with regards to my consulting business and subsequently this website. Read More »Community, collaborate, connectivism and consulting
The traditional labels used in our industry ranging from Elementary to Advanced beg for a constant myriad of issues to arise for program coordinators, teachers and students. Read More »Rethinking level descriptors
We learned. We did learn, in a spirit of vengefulness: we would give Mr. Erskine no excuses. There was nothing he wanted more than to get a foot on each of our necks–well, he would be denied the pleasure, if possible. What we really learned from him was how to cheat. It was difficult to fake the mathematics, but we spent many hours in the late afternoons cribbing up out translations of Ovid from a couple of books in Grandfather’s library–old translation by eminent Victorians, with small print and complicated vocabularies. We would get the sense of the passage from these books, then substitute other, simpler words, and add a few mistakes, to make it look as if we’d done it ourselves. Whatever we did, though, Mr. Erskine would slash up our translations with his red pencil and write savage comments in the margins. We didn’t learn much Latin, but we learned a great deal about forgery.“1
Most everyone who reads this blog regularly either went to, presented at or knows someone who was involved with the recent 3rd Reform Symposium (RSCON) from July 29 – 31. Many that don’t populate my local environment. Why is that? Because they haven’t gotten past the idea that professional development only validly happens in face-to-face contexts and/or they don’t have time to learn how to navigate the online system. I don’t blame people for these attitudes: our industry often feeds into it. That’s why we need RSCON.
Do your students look forward to skimming an article for its main ideas? No? Shocking. There’s often a couple of hiccups we face with many reading and writing practice activities: they’re not always authentic; there’s minimal interaction between students; they’re not actually practicing reading or writing skills at all. Read More »Learner interaction in reading & writing activities
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