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  • Teaching and Learning at Daily Kos
  • 45 links to other educationally-related stories.
  • As always, the topics will be whatever you want to discuss.

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Teaching and Learning at Daily Kos

I can generally count on being physically run down at the end of every semester, but as I have mentioned previously, this year I have spread myself so thin that I've become mentally exhausted as well.  I find myself thinking about critical thinking (and lack thereof) in AAUP meetings, Women's Studies at Gay/Non-Gay Alliance meetings and vice-versa, and assessment is always lurking in the background.  As if I didn't have too much of a load already, I've agreed to teach a beginning Introduction to Blackboard for new faculty and staff on January 16 and have to present a workshop on critical thinking in March for my college's Habits of Mind series.  I'll probably first air part of the CT workshop here at DKos.  And I have begun writing the next part of Gender Workshop.  Oh...and I wrote three new poems last week, such as they are, but at least it's starting the creative process...maybe.

But I'm sick.  This is whack, as my students say.  Two days before Xmas and I'm barely chugging along.  The house needs cleaning so that we can put up a few decorations, we have no clean clothes left, I'm still supposed to think of one more thing for my own holiday gift, (something not necessary, but fun) one of my students wants to argue about his grade, and I'm just going from minute to minute hoping I can breathe without wheezing or coughing.  I think I'm getting better because sneezing has commenced.  On the other hand, my sinuses seem to be clamping shut again, meaning I'm starting to feel a massive headache comming on.  I'm sure if I asked someone on campus, I would be told that this was "going around".  This part of being a teacher sucks.  If I wanted a parasitic invasion, I might just as well have hung out in a subway car.

Anyway...Teacher's Lounge.  Oh, yeah.  Fortunately I was gathering the links as the week went along rather than waiting until Friday this week, so I have managed to finish them.  It felt like a slow week.  Some of the regular diarists didn't post, likely because they were ending their own semesters.  Still, there are 45 links.  Who knew, back when I started this and would link to a handful of education links and go scouting CNN and the Times for filler, that this would grow so much?  Part of that is the increased interest in the topic.  Part of it is because I have expanded what I look for.  I ventured into the realm of trying to decide if what I was reading was teaching or some undefined else.  

Which brings me to today's topic.  In a slow week I found a dozen links to what I would call teaching.  And even then I am intentionally ignoring some of the biggest sources of teaching here, which are my Saturday morning compatriots, Home Repair, Garden Blogging, and Painting Palooza.  Want to learn how to weld?  Check out eeff.  Need cooking instruction?  Check out What's for Dinner?  History, philosophy, psychology, sociology, science, mathematics, statistics, literature, art history.  What do you want?  Someone here is probably teaching it.  Or could.

But that's a whole other kettle of fish, as they say, from what I started Teacher's Lounge to accomplish, which was as a place to talk about the issues of education, teaching and learning.  So I'm sitting here in my plague-infested haze wondering about whether there should be a spin-off or a total re-conceptualization of how we might try to connect student with teacher around these parts.  Discuss.
--Robyn Elaine Serven
--Bloomfield College, NJ

Education Round-up:  I've categorized.
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I'll be hanging around most of the day, actively waiting for your comments (actually, I'll be working in another program, but I'm close by), so at least one person will be here to discuss whatever anyone wants to discuss.
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  • No general bashing of administrators, politicians, etc, just on general principles. If you want to bash them, have a point and a plan.
  • No bitching about students unless you're talking about what you are going to do to alleviate the problems you think the students have.
  • Introductions are encouraged, but not essential.
  • I have no investment in hosting the Teacher's Lounge. If someone else thinks they can and wants to do it better, cool.  I just want the space. And not for teachers only, but respecting the general theme of teaching and learning.
  • Teacher's Lounge can be "slow blogging" if you want it to be.  You don't get quality writing if you demand velocity.  It doesn't have to be the case that something posted today is dead by tomorrow. I would like it to eventually be up and active 24/7, but that may have to wait until I have developed an independent blog site.

Every Saturday I'll post a clean slate, between 10am and 12am EST.

Originally posted to Robyn's Perch on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:36 AM PST.

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  •  I am not management personnel. (25+ / 0-)

    I do not make such decisions.  And I'm sick.  I've got the whine and am looking for cheese.

    Robyn

    Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

    by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:35:10 AM PST

    •  Gute Besserung! (2+ / 0-)
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      rserven, KathyinSC

      Feel better soon, Robyn!

      Certainly it has not impaired your ability to do a fine diary! Thanks for this!

      "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

      by BeninSC on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 07:57:52 PM PST

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      •  Thank you, Ben (1+ / 0-)
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        BeninSC

        I'm planning to do a lot of sleeping tomorrow.  :-)

        Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

        by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:12:06 PM PST

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        •  Good! I am doing Top Comments tomorrow night. (1+ / 0-)
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          rserven

          I feel sure lots of people will sleep through that. ;x

          As for myself, I got GREAT sleep last night! And I can't recall when I needed it more! If tonight goes well, I will be in heaven!

          "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

          by BeninSC on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:27:34 PM PST

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          •  Thank you for the teacher diaries! (1+ / 0-)
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            rserven

            I taught in Japan for 6 years and loved it.  Then I repatriated and was burnt out in a single year.  It was odd...when I first returned, everyone wanted to hear about my experiences in Japan.  But as soon as I said I was a kindergarten teacher, their eyes glazed over and I became less interesting.  In Japan, teachers are revered.  In America, they are sneered at.

            I think there should be a national holiday to celebrate teachers.  We should erect memorial walls in their honor.  also, we should pay them enough to actually live in the city where they teach.

            Big boss man..you ain't so big, just tall, that's all.

            by TheFatLadySings on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 10:08:26 AM PST

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  •  hope this stays visible (8+ / 0-)

    unfortunately my diary on Deb Meier's thoughts on democracy and education, while it got some traffic, did not get as much as I hoped, even though there are some fascinating comments in the thread.

    This is an important service that you provide.  It is an example of how people at this site are empowered to make it better and more user friendly.

    Thanks for what you do.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:38:33 AM PST

    •  This weekend... (4+ / 0-)

      ...may not be the best for issues of substance, so if people want to have a office holiday party instead, that's also fine with me. :-)

      Happy holidays, Ken.

      Robyn

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:45:00 AM PST

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    •  I think the Deb Meier (2+ / 0-)
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      teacherken, rserven

      piece was an example of depth, not breadth.

      That is, the issues raised in that diary, and by Deb Meier's material, are deep and profound, and are also a bit removed from the usual preoccupations of kossacks.  Thus, the people who commented gave some very very thoughtful remarks, but there were relatively few.

      The diary was a prime example of what I was talking about when I said (in one of the meta diaries) that I wished some diaries could remain active for days, or even weeks

      What are you reading? on Friday mornings
      stats_geeks_of_daily_kos

      by plf515 on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 11:13:55 AM PST

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      •  I'd also prefer to see more 'slow blogging.' (2+ / 0-)
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        teacherken, plf515

        Most deep thinking takes time, consideration of multiple viewpoints and investigation of aspects and consequences which may not at first be apparent.  While people can and sometimes do respond several days later here and in some of my other diaries, it is rare.  The rating system discourages it.

        Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

        by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 11:20:13 AM PST

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      •  I appreciated the thoughtfulness I received (2+ / 0-)
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        rserven, plf515

        but I also think this is important enough that it SHOULD have a wider audience.  I recognize that it might not connect with that wide an audience here, although sometimes things I do in depth, whether on education or other subjects, does connect.

        Sometimes it is simply luck.  Who is online at the time I post?  What other diaries get posted around the time mine does?  I have had diaries that get 10 comments in 30 minutes or less but do not make it to the recommended box, others that get 5 in in 10 minutes, an hour after being posted, and that suddenly jumps them on the list.

        Once on the list, for however short a time, the amount of traffic of course increases.

        I am not complaining.  I have more than my share of diaries hit the recommended box, and enough of them are on education that I can feel I am making some difference.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 12:09:26 PM PST

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  •  This needs a tip jar, or at least a hall pass (3+ / 0-)
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    rserven, marykk, jhop7

    for bathroom breaks, seeing the school nurse to ask about condoms, and stuff ...

    •  I don't believe in... (3+ / 0-)
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      cookiebear, jfdunphy, mommyof3

      ...tip jars and never ask for recommendations.  I'm a teacher and don't expect remuneration for what I would do anyway.  There is, however, a first comment up there. ;-)

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:46:53 AM PST

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      •  According to the Kos Dairy protocol, (1+ / 0-)
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        rserven

        the proper net etiquette is for the diarist to put up the tip jar--even though many--in a rush to put out the information--neglect to do so. It seemed to me that the first comment wouldn't quite serve the purpose of a tip jar. Just trying to be helpful ...
         
           Teachers Lounge doesn't want a tip jar?
           Teachers Lounge doesn't want a tip jar?
           Teachers Lounge doesn't want a tip jar?

        Suit yourself ....

        •  Actually, what the FAQ says is: (1+ / 0-)
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          jfdunphy

          Because diaries can't be rated, many diary authors post a comment with the Subject of 'Tip Jar' or similar. This is intended as a place to give mojo for the diary; if you feel that the diary was worthwhile, it's a nice gesture to leave a recommend in the tip jar.

          It is not a requirement, nor should it be, since asking for alms is not done in some belief systems.  How that is interpreted is a rather personal decision.

          Robyn

          Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

          by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 12:38:42 PM PST

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  •  Ahhh, thinking about thinking. (3+ / 0-)
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    cfk, rserven, mommyof3

    Good stuff.  Thanks for the work.  I plan on looking in again later.

    you learn something new every day, if you're paying attention

    by jhop7 on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:43:35 AM PST

  •  I'm glad I found (3+ / 0-)
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    rserven, aphra behn, mommyof3

    this diary.  I've bookmarked it as I have to run out now, but I'll give it lots of time when I can get back to it. I teach art at a community college and am always looking for positive discussions about education.  I'll be back!

    •  Teaching about art/art history... (2+ / 0-)
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      aphra behn, mommyof3

      ...is one of my most recent additions, but is also one of the hardest things to find, since "art" is part of a heck of a lot of tags.  Plus there are a lot of different types of art.  So I'd like to ask people to help me out when they stumble across something like was provided this week by EmilyD and GreyHawk, or something else that seems appropriate, to add one of the tags teach or art history, whichever seems appropriate.

      Robyn

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:51:58 AM PST

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  •  ??? (1+ / 0-)
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    rserven

    Introduction to Blackboard???

    •  Yeah. (2+ / 0-)
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      cookiebear, curmudgiana

      The online course management tool that we use at Bloomfield.

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:54:30 AM PST

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      •  Ah (3+ / 0-)

        It has been a long time since I was in the classroom, when they used to have one of those black things covering the front wall, with a tray where there wasn't any chalk.

      •  Wish I could take your class! (1+ / 0-)
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        rserven

        I use Blackboard in the most minimimalistic way, but would really like to use it in more interesting ways ...

        •  Because of the nature of my particular classes... (2+ / 0-)
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          srkp23, cookiebear

          ...I tend to use it mostly for the electronic transfer of files beteen me and the students and for classroom announcements.  I don't believe in online testing or trust the security of the gradebook, so someone else teaches those.  If I were teaching in the humanities or social sciences, I'd probably also use the discussion board feature, but I haven't figured out how to make that relevant to my programming students.

          Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

          by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:19:53 AM PST

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      •  Teaching online (3+ / 0-)
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        cookiebear, rserven, mommyof3

        is growing by leaps and bounds.  Are you familiar with Moodle, the open source course management system?

        I use it even for my non-internet classes in that it makes my classes completely transparent--all assignments are always accessible to whomever would like to see them.  And of course, absent students can go online and download the work they missed, or check the status of their grade.

        Moodle is non-proprietary, so there's no cost to use it, though of course you need a place that will host it.  The woman who helped me get a foothold in Moodle says that it is a huge step up from Blackboard, though I wouldn't know for sure having never used it.

        Education? Teaching? NCLB? Read my book _Becoming Mr. Henry_

        by Mi Corazon on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:25:48 AM PST

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        •  We just upgraded to BlackBoard Enterprise... (0+ / 0-)

          ...so we will no doubt be using this for several years now.  I haven't played with it as much As I should, but I understand it allows addition of a < twinkle >blogging module.</twinkle>I hope to learn more about this at the January Technology Workshop.

          Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

          by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:35:15 AM PST

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        •  I have found a simple web page accomplish it (1+ / 0-)
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          rserven

          I have my assignments for the quarter posted in a push-down list,with the most recent week on top.  I can provide hotlinks to handouts if the students need to download.

          Next year we will be moving to an online gradbook so that parents and students can immediately check on grades.  Duh - only if teachers can stay current with their grading.  It will create screams that "my child turned in that project/essay four days ago and i don't see a grade up for it yet - it is keeping her from being eligible for cheerleading" or something like that.

          Ugh

          My grades are always current, i print out grade sheets 3 times a quarter, and any parent can have the student bring me a daily progress report or email me if s/he is that anal retentive.

          Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

          by teacherken on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 06:37:52 PM PST

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      •  you have my sympathies (1+ / 0-)
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        rserven

        we have it in our system, and I try like all get out to avoid it.  I will NOT use it for instructional purposes.  If it becomes a requirement I will quit.   But the system and the school use it for communication purposes.  I think it was very much oversold.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 06:34:18 PM PST

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    •  I was actually at a lecture where one presenter (2+ / 0-)
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      an academic with an interest in how to present things better, said that he strongly recommended a course in 'Blackboard' - not some fancy system, but how to use a blackboard.  Probably not a full course, but a few lectures.

      What are you reading? on Friday mornings
      stats_geeks_of_daily_kos

      by plf515 on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 01:18:49 PM PST

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  •  Debate (3+ / 0-)
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    cfk, rserven, mommyof3

    Debate competition is a good method for teaching critical thinking skills in middle school, high school, and college. Formal instruction in debating as a course in the curriculum is useful as is infusion of debate "across the curriculum".

    I can't hang out (big lasagne dinner for 30 or so family and friends to cook), but here are a few goodies:

    Article about the growth of urban debate leagues, bringing debate to underprivileged students, including some info on the effects on esteem, drop out rate, and more:

    Santa Maria is one of the thousands of urban students changing the face of high school debate.

    From the infusion of racism, poverty and gang warfare as debate topics, to a new "hip-hop" performance style of arguing, to the use of rap music as supporting evidence, a flood of urban debaters is dramatically changing the complexion of a sport historically dominated by privileged, white--mostly male--teenagers.

    Twenty years ago, about 45 students in three urban high schools competed on the national high school debate circuit. Today, 4,000 students in 311 urban schools participate.

    Debate Across the Curriculum textbook (written by a former student of mine and another long-time colleague). If you google "debate across the curriculum" you will find much more interesting material and information about the movement.

    Finally, I have begun using a scoop based blog (yes, works like this site) in concert with a colleague at another university as a tool to help teach debate. We have not fully taken advantage of its potential (so many different time demands) but the foundation is there and use will improve next semester as we schedule different instructors to be the lead "front pagers" each week. Check out Arguendoclass.com.

    Be the Democrat you want to see. DebateScoop

    by demondeac on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 08:58:43 AM PST

    •  I have mixed feelings about debate. (1+ / 0-)
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      cookiebear

      On the one hand, my daughter did it and I understand how it gets students to research and actually think.  On the other hand, I dislike the fact that debate drives out discussion, that "winning" gets attached to the act of human interaction, and that competition trumps cooperation in our socitey.

      Robyn

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:08:01 AM PST

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      •  Ethics (5+ / 0-)
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        I begin my class with ethics. And end it there. Debate is, if conducted properly, a valuable decision making tool. We are ethically obligated to make good decisions in life. Therefore we have an obligation to become good at using the tools that help us make good decisions.

        Debate is one method, not the only one. Mixed feelings are good. I have them, too. Debate is also a way of dealing with mixed feelings. First, it acknowledges that there is more than one side to a question. Second, it teaches methods of comparing and resoving the conflicting sides.

        Yes, making it competition is a hook. Just like sports games get people to exercise and chess gets people to think strategically and exercise their memory.

        I think the key is to teach people the appropriate role of competition. Teaching people to separate winning and losing from growing as people and learning is also part of the job of any good teacher or coach. Respect for the opponent and their ideas is a crucial thing to teach. Indeed, the most successful debaters are also those who admit they may be wrong and who conduct an honest evaluation of their own positions.

        Teamwork is another good, cooperative, skill debate (and other competitive activities) teaches.

        Competition does often trump cooperation in our society. All the more important to teach productive forms of competition and to teach that winning isn't everything.

        As educators it is our (very difficult) job to teach the ethical use of critical thinking skills.

        P.S. The danger of the "debate drives out discussion" position is that, taken to its extreme (as it too often is, not by you, but by many), "discussion" drives out debate. Some are so critical of critical thinking that they conflate criticism with hostility (see Tannen's Agonism stuff and contrast it with Graff, for instance.)

        Be the Democrat you want to see. DebateScoop

        by demondeac on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:25:36 AM PST

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        •  A way to do both (1+ / 0-)
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          rserven

          At Bank St. School for Children, the 8th graders have a 'mock congress'.  They each choose to represent a congressional district (interestingly, some choose districts with congresscritters who have views opposed to their own).  Together, they choose a bill to focus on.  They each do research. The Democrats and Republicans each caucus.  They discuss with their own parties.  They debate. They vote

          It looked extraordinarily cool.

          What are you reading? on Friday mornings
          stats_geeks_of_daily_kos

          by plf515 on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 01:22:47 PM PST

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    •  Gotta go (1+ / 0-)
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      rserven

      But if people want to comment more, I will check tommorrow. Without feedback there is no learning. Folks can also E-mail me.

      Be the Democrat you want to see. DebateScoop

      by demondeac on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:30:06 AM PST

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  •  "Teaching and Learning..."-- I like! (2+ / 0-)
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    cookiebear, rserven

    I'm a teacher and I love the Teacher's Lounge!

    The new title could potentially pull in more people...a bigger audience of learners.... :-)

    Great links!

    Our country can survive war, disease, and poverty... what it cannot do without is justice.

    by mommyof3 on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:07:10 AM PST

    •  I'm just wondering if 'Teaching and Learning' (2+ / 0-)
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      cookiebear, mommyof3

      ...and Teacher's Lounge should coexist, and if so, how to do that.

      Robyn

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:09:51 AM PST

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      •  Could be two different "series"... (3+ / 0-)
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        cookiebear, rserven, marykk

        Teacher's Lounge maybe set up to be a discussion of teaching issues (and goodness knows we teachers at all levels can find items to discuss, vent and even argue about!)... and Teaching and Learning set up to be an overview and roundup of all the wonderful teaching/learning opportunities dKos has provided for the week...

        ... I hope you feel better!  

        Our country can survive war, disease, and poverty... what it cannot do without is justice.

        by mommyof3 on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:16:09 AM PST

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  •  Just finished my first semester (3+ / 0-)
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    cookiebear, rserven, mommyof3

    teaching at a local junior college one night a week.  Even though the subject matter was familiar, it was a lot harder than I expected to stay on track - making sure I didn't get too far behind, and encouraging discussion while moving forward.  Just goes to show, the more you learn, the more you know you don't know.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, then you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:19:27 AM PST

  •  hooboy, i hear you (4+ / 0-)
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    cfk, rserven, MarketTrustee, mommyof3

    i remember ending semesters feeling as if i'd finally once and for all and for reall blown out all my brain circuits

    i remember being so burnt out, i was afraid i'd done actual brain damage this time

    seriously.

    take care of yourself, Robyn. i understand the reasons why, but just remember it ain't worth a hill of beans if you're not here to enjoy the fruits of your labor at least a little bit

    Cornbread is square, but pi are round.

    by cookiebear on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 09:28:29 AM PST

  •  Thank you for bringing Tally's Shane diary, here (1+ / 0-)
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    rserven

    He did a wonderful job which deserved more attention.  I hope some others read it. Thanks!!!

    I would love to have you all come and particiapete in Bookflurries on Wed. nights between 7-8PM ish EST.  You all would enrich our discussions. :)

    Do I miss teaching since retiring?  A little bit, but this time which was my third try at retiring, I was truly ready.  Of course, I believe you can never really stop teaching. :)

    Best wishes to those who work so hard preparing, teaching, and grading.  I honor you all!!

    "Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit." Wade Davis

    by cfk on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 10:34:26 AM PST

  •  I'm with you, marykk.. (1+ / 0-)
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    rserven

    ..about learning as much as students do when teaching.  I just got my "assignment" from the Medical School for my town-doctor attending rounds.  I'll have three third-year, one fourth-year medical student, two interns, one resident and a fellow for my class starting in January.
     Teaching second-semester students is tricky, because they have had time on the wards to get more comfortable in the clinical setting, so I am going to have to hit the latest literature and get up to speed on critical care if I am going to have a chance with them!
     Rserven - horseradish, Chinese mustard, or wasabe works very well to open up those sinuses and get them draining...I hope you feel better.

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

    by drchelo on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 10:44:09 AM PST

  •  I'm late getting here, but... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bronte17, rserven, BeninSC

    I'm looking for information on connecting educators with opportunites to participate in online projects.  Does anyone know of a site or service where people can list projects that are ongoing and "advertise" their availability to potential student/class participants?

    As the person in charge of the congressional committees project, (see sig) I think we've started something that could be an opportunity for some educators or students, as participating in our open-source government awareness project would teach basic web (wiki) skills, research skills, a LOT about congressional function, current events, and whatever topics the chosen committees cover.

    Anyone know of how to get the word out about that?

    •  I'll keep your questions in mind... (0+ / 0-)

      ...as I think more about how to structure the online education Daily Kos offers/can offer.  At times like this, I wish I were one of those people who were good ar organization, but alas, I am not.

      Robyn

      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

      by rserven on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 07:14:23 PM PST

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  •  We're prohibited from having a Teacher's Lounge (0+ / 0-)

    at the dump where I work (could lead to Union organizing), but at the places I visit that do, much more than teaching and learning is discussed.  Profs actually get together cross-departmentally (cross addressing, I guess you could say) and discuss research projects and their impact on other disciplines, teaching, life, etc.; grant-grabbing and new programs of various types that people could use, etc.; as well as the usual life gossip that goes on everywhere.  So, why not just be more expansive and rotate topics/topic areas, bring in new phases of the life academic/teacherly, under the current title?

    Sorry to be glacially late with this, but I'm resting a few days at point c before going on to point d, and I'll return to point a and regular participation some day, I think.  The Rhythm of the Road.

    Abigail, I'm sure if there is something out there, looking down on us from somewhere else in the Universe, they're wise enough to stay away from us. --Grissom

    by world traveler on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 04:04:01 PM PST

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