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Category: classroom management

Links Roundup: Starting Fresh

At the beginning of every semester, I enter the classroom feeling like I've gotten a fresh start. Adding to that invigoration is the fact that teaching developmental students means we're often getting students who are in college for the first time ever (or the first time in a long time) sitting in our classrooms. That mix of excitement, possibility, and a hint of fear is a…

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Conversations: Time Management and Remembering Information

Conversations: On Which I Do Not Bash Textbooks

Writing and Time: Summer Teaching and Scheduling

Conversation: Flipping Out: Flipped Teaching Models

Tech in the Classroom: Blackboard

This is part of a series of reviews of websites, platforms, and social media sites. Some are useful for teachers in a SMART classroom (with a teacher-station computer, internet connection, and projector). Others lend themselves more to a lab where each student has her own computer. Hopefully these can help us communicate with our students, present information effectively, and encourage collaboration, feedback, and active participation. See our previous review of Wordpress, Facebook, PB Works, and Google Drive. (more…)

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Tech in the Classroom: Facebook Review

When Students Say, “You don’t like me”

Last week, one of my students, when confronted with a bad grade, asked me why I don’t like him. In 8 years of teaching college writing, I have had several students ask some version of the question, “Why don't you like me?” They have asked with genuine confusion, hurt, and disappointment, either about a bad grade or my refusal to excuse a late paper. I have genuinely liked all of these students, and many ended up acing my class. But the question from last week and semesters previous has me wondering: what does my students’ perception of my liking or disliking them have to do with their grades, meeting expectations, my role as a teacher? I am trying to piece all these things together:  Often when my students get a good grade, they say joyfully, “Oh, I’m so glad you liked my paper.” Or, “I went to the writing center to clean it up so that you would like it”; “I like this paper and…

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Conversation: Phones in the Classroom?

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