Below is the document I presented at a Great Ideas For Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) panel at the National Communication Association (NCA) convention in Orlando, FL on November 16,2012.
Okay, so this does not have to do with teaching per se, but I did neglect grading my students' papers to go meet the President, so that counts as teaching related, no? I get to shake his hand at minute 1:33.
Here I am right before going on to receive my award on August 24, 2012. I was accepting an award for Faculty Excellence in the College of Undergraduate Studies at Walden University.
So, this video is just a fun way for me to say, "here is what I think teachers should be doing when it comes to providing feedback on assignments." Let us not bombard students with our feedback and the dreaded red pen marks all over. I would go on to say that focusing on grammar and misspellings can be too much for many beginning students. Instead, choosing one or two areas to work on in each assignment is preferable. I tend to focus on content and organization of their writing in early classes, then later in a term or later in their college career start to "nitpick" about grammar, etc.


    The image above is a view of sharks in the underwater view provided at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Sometimes I think that teachers are seen as sharks. Much like sharks, we are misunderstood and stereotyped. Really, we all just want the best for our students.


    November 2012
    October 2012
    August 2012