Sunday, November 29, 2009

Expectations

What are our expectations when we teach? This is where we begin. What do we expect in the classroom? We want the technology to work, and work for us when we need it to work. We want our preparation to work, to be adequate, to be enough.

Who determines our expectations? Sometimes we expect, or demand, more from ourselves. We allow ourselves to be shaped by stakeholders. What do we offer our students? Do we offer them our best?

Do our expectations change over time? The longer we teach, the greater our experience becomes. Our expectations may be shaped the unique dynamics of the classroom, of the students. We are the sum of our experiences.

What SHOULD we expect? Nothing than the best, from ourselves, from our students.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Faculty Professional Development Program Goals and Objectives

Goals:
• Bring instructors into the central business of the college, LEARNING, as efficiently as possible
• Improve student engagement (performance, persistence) especially in the first year
• Foster and encourage quality instruction

Objectives:
• To establish a learning community for faculty
• To encourage self- and group-reflection on the principles and practices of good teaching
• To provide tools, resources, and expert guidance to improve the quality of teaching
• To assist faculty in designing enriched learning environments for our students

Friday, November 13, 2009

How will we teach tomorrow?

How will we teach tomorrow? We know that technology is changing – becoming smaller, more powerful, more portable – and cheaper. The new technology is becoming the ordinary. We see that learning can now occur anywhere – no need for a typical classroom, desk, tables or even chairs. What took time to locate in a library is now accessible as fast as a set of keystrokes on a keyboard. Learners want to know NOW what they need – not too much, not too little. Technology is changing us, and we are changing how, where, when and why technology is being used. Stop and think, we have access to more information than ever before. The change won’t occur in three years, it is occurring now – before our very eyes, and right in the palms of our hands. How will we teach tomorrow? There will always be questions needing answers, problems to be solved – there will always be people. The unknown – technology – the known people. People will be here tomorrow. Are we ready?

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Reading List

Banta, T., Jones, E., & Black, K. (2009). Designing effective assessment: Principles and profiles of good practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Brookfield, S. (1995). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Brookfield, S. (2006). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. (2nd Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Elbaum, B., McIntyre, C., & Smith, A. (2002). Essential elements: Prepare, design, and teach your online course. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.

Gillespie, K. (Ed.). (2002). A guide to faculty development: Practical advice, examples, and resources. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.

Palmer, P. (1998). The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Seldin, P., & Higgerson, M. (2002). The administrative portfolio: A practical guide to improved administrative performance and personnel decisions. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.

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To know that a free society is where the exchange of ideas is welcomed, encouraged and tolerated - that's why I served. (US Army 1984-1996)

Monday, November 09, 2009

Thoughts on 21st Century Skills

The 21st century skills, the 21st century learner ... can't they be collapsed or aggregated into the following: (1) students will need to think, (2) create, (3) share and (4) grow. And, given the growth of social media, isn't the greatest potential for learning in SHARING or COLLABORATING? We learn, but we learn MORE when we learn in the company of others ... and technology makes our circle of influence a lot bigger.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Defining "Skillful"

"Skillful teaching is whatever helps students learn. Skillful teachers adopt a critically reflective stance towards their practice." (Brookfield, 2006, p. 17) (Emphasis added)

Brookfield, S. (2006). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. (2nd Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

New month, different challenges, different technologies

What new challenges await? How will the classroom shift this month? The greatest change is a result of the changes in technology. Stop and think of the new technologies that have emerged this month. Think of the updated software that has been released this month. How have these changes impacted teaching and learning? What do we do when technology changes? If we accept and embrace the change, then teaching and learning continue to improve.

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