Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Smart Classrooms

You've probably seen computer podiums making their way into your classrooms, and you've maybe even noticed work crews drilling and wiring right above your heads as you try to teach. As inconvenient as this is, it does mean a very bright spot not so far ahead.

The college is in the process of converting every classroom on campus to a smart room, with an internet connection and sound and image projection linked to the classroom computer. We don't have a firm date, but we hope that by winter term all of our assigned classrooms will be fully 'smart'.

As those of you currently teaching in smart rooms already know, there are many ways the equipment can be used to enhance what already happens in the class. Impromptu internet searches, watching of video, even uploading and viewing of photos and video just taken in class... the possibilities are huge. We'll be looking to you for your best ideas and practices in the fall semester so we can share them with the whole faculty.

Until then, happy last days of summer!

 Cartoon by the hilarious Toothpaste For Dinner.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Suggested Readings

Felicia shared these suggested readings for teaching writing.

1. Bean, John. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001

2. Didion, Joan “Why I Write.” New York Times, 1976

3. Elbow, Peter. Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process.New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

4. Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews. Plimpton, George (ed). Viking: New York, 1992.

5. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Non-Fiction. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

Joan Didion image courtesy of Mighty Writers on Flickr.
Mighty Joan Didion Quote

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Reasons to Write

Thanks to Felicia for a thought-provoking brown bag today. She shared this video with us at the end. You might also want to check out the National Writing Project (as well as their YouTube channel) for insights into both the process and teaching of writing.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wednesday's Brown Bag: Reasons to Write

Join us on Wednesday for the final brown bag of the summer: Reasons to Write.

Image by J Dueck via Flickr.

In this workshop, we will share ideas on the reasons for and practice of writing. We will also explore various approaches to teaching this skill. Time permitting, we will engage in a brief writing activity.

Facilitator: Felicia
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
11:30 – 12:30