Thursday, August 25, 2011

What are your goals? What will you do differently?

The school year is beginning over here in Portland! It's a good time to reflect and make some goals. What goals do you have for this year? Do you have any resolutions? Will you be trying anything new?

My goals are to be more patient and calm - to get less rattled. My resolution is to never grade more than four papers in one sitting. I'm trying a new course management method: I'm using a bunch of different Google tools (Google sites, Google groups, Google docs, etc.). I am going to try more short, low-stakes assignments.

What about you?


  1. 1. I'm going to use more lecturing styles such as the feedback lecture, the responsive lecture, the guided lecture, and the Professor Kingsfield lecture.

    2. I'm going to try and stop talking so fast.

    3. I'm going to use a Jeopardy Exam Review session to help them prepare for the final.

    4. I'm going to try and remain silent as I wait for answer.

    5. I'm going to try and dress more professionally.

    6. I'm going to use the rules from Vaughn's Writing Philosophy to assess critical reading essays.

    7. I'm going to try and give more attention to the Epicureans, Stoics, and Greek skeptics in my Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy class.

  2. 1. I'm going to move from anonymous peer feedback to having students form peer groups early in the term for such feedback (among other purposes).

    2. I'm going to remind students more often about my office hours.

    3. With my thesis students: Be tougher, force them to write something even when they're not confident about it.

    4. And yes, I need to talk slower too!

    BTW, responsive lecture rocks!

  3. Great ideas anon and Michael. I wil also focus on not speaking so fast. And, anon, you have also reminded me that I tend to be a terrible interrupter...

  4. I was hoping to use google + as a way of holding virtual office hours, but the community college I work for is very strict about students and faculty only communicating through our .edu email addresses. My other goal is to talk less and have students talk more.


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