Take any opportunity you can to teach while youâ€™re in graduate school. Itâ€™s an excellent experience. It looks great on the resume, and it will build your speaking/leadership skills. And, at the very least, youâ€™ll get funny stories out of it. So far, Iâ€™ve had a student who said he was so stressed out that heâ€™s going bald, a student who asked me for help reading her bank statement, and a student who admitted he Googled me and found out I was French. Teaching is full of surprises.
Watch the YouTube video â€œDid you know 3.0.â€ What does it all mean? We are living in exponential times and information technologyâ€™s effects on society, globally and on the individual level, are real. These changes are noticeable in todayâ€™s college students, because they are the first generation to have grown up with computers. For these digital natives, a large portion of written and verbal communication occurs through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, instant messages, forums, blogs, etc. Shouldnâ€™t these social practices and their resulting discourse have a place in the college classroom? We have no choice if we want curriculum to remain current and relevant to our students.
In the childrenâ€™s storyÂ The Wizard of OzÂ Dorothy, the main character, exclaims as sheâ€™s walking through woods that scare her, â€œLions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!â€Â Â When our composition students show up on the first day of classes they often feel like exclaiming a 21stÂ century version of Dorothyâ€™s lament. Looking like deer that have been caught […]