Take any opportunity you can to teach while you’re in graduate school. It’s an excellent experience. It looks great on the resume, and it will build your speaking/leadership skills. And, at the very least, you’ll get funny stories out of it. So far, I’ve had a student who said he was so stressed out that he’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 “Did you know 3.0.” What does it all mean? We are living in exponential times and information technology’s effects on society, globally and on the individual level, are real. These changes are noticeable in today’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. Shouldn’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 children’s story The Wizard of Oz Dorothy, the main character, exclaims as she’s walking through woods that scare her, “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” When our composition students show up on the first day of classes they often feel like exclaiming a 21st century version of Dorothy’s lament. Looking like deer that have been caught […]