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Saturday, April 15, 2006
"Cause I'm the Taxman..."
Welcome, welcome to this month's teaching carnival! It's tax day, it's Easter, it's Passover, but let's not forget that all of these things are happening as we all continue through our semesters/quarters of teaching.
Before I begin, a few caveats, which some will read as excuses. First, as I write this, Blogger is down, so that means that I am writing this in Word and will cut-and-paste it into the blog, which could lead to some problems. Let me know about them, and I'll correct them (This seems to be a tradition, doesn't it, since last month's was delayed when the Wordherders server was down?). Second, it turns out that this cold that has lasted for a few weeks is actually bronchitis. So, I'm a little (okay, a lot) less coherent than I'd like to be but glad to have a reason for the exhaustion that has been consistent for the last couple of weeks. Because of this, while I had some categories of posts in mind, it's going to be easier to provide these links simply as a list, a grab bag, a cornucopia, which might perhaps create a stronger carnival feeling, after all. So, dive in, enjoy, and count the days left. We've almost made it!
Yellow Dog enters into the debate about whether grad students should publish as does lucyrain and Profgrrrrl.
Parts-n-Pieces wonders how best to impact student lives and describes what she learned when a graduate student observed an entire course for his MA thesis.
Getting students to blog is the topic over at Jill/Txt, and Thinkery brings blogs into the classroom.
For a view on teacher ethics, check out Schenectady Synecdoche.
Bardiac gets a detailed discussion going about encouraging students to pursue the PhD.
Dr. Crazy challenges student assumptions about gender and the media and offers advice on how best to ask for letters of recommendation.
Over at The Valve, there's talk of how novels think.
Printculture wonders how we can avoid writing and what enables us to write at all.
Working with gifted students is the topic at Pedablogue, as is gifts for professors and a new blog for the teaching of essays.
Musey Me muses on the teaching of graduate students as does In Favor of Thinking (while lucyrain misses a meeting with a graduate student).
Raining Cats and Dogma covers the role of disciplinarily in the writing classroom and the teaching of Orlando and the gendering of course content (a response to Dr. Crazy).
Working with the class mean is the topic at Deep Weeds.
Anyone doing any grading? New Kid on the Hallway is, Badger is dealing with complaints about it, and Jo(e) is avoiding it.
Hugo Schwyzer ponders student crushes.
Midgebop wonders how to get into a groove after spring break and Revision Spiral does the same after a conference.
Timna wonders how you know when a class works.
New Kid on the Hallway leads a pedagogy roundtable (and then another) and Dr. Crazy offers a detailed response to it.
Steven D. Krause questions how we talk about computers and accessibility.
Xoom covers the teaching of large lecture classes and designing a funny (and useful) exam.
Starfish and Coffee covers what students should call professors.
Yellow Dog grapple with smug pedagogy while Sorry at Sills Bend covers sitemeter pedagogy.
Teaching Facebook is the topic at Silver in Seattle as is a general communication course.
David Mallard ponders peer review in the classroom.
Blogenspiel handles the past and present of teaching and the student who doesn't read the syllabus as well as teacher egos.
At MamaMusings, there's a discussion of educating the Net Generation.
What a political classroom does or does not look like is covered at Working Blue.
Ghost in the Wire wonders how best to teach rhetorical criticism.
Jo(e)'s students call Club Libby Lu and her colleagues gather at her home and in the library.
I help my niece with one of her essay assignments at her college.
Bdegenaro has students "write" photo essays.
M2H reflects on the relationship between questions and answers.
A teaching moment outside the class happens to Professor Bastard.
Xtinpore ponders being in love.
At Wormtalk and Slugspeak, there's talk of critical thinking.
Is the semester too long? Revisionspirial wonders.
Geeky Mom starts planning for next fall.
La Lecturess handles a problem student as does Ancrene Wiseass.
Over at The Magic Schoolbus, the biology lab faces week two, week three, and week four and addresses sleep in student lives.
Discovering Biology in a Digital World addresses ethical issues in the classroom.
See Jane Compute explores new teaching methods.
Academic Coach presents ideas for learning student names and bringing laptops to class and handling email.
Styley Geek wonders about the curse of approachability.
For an overview of this years Conference on College Composition and Communication held in Chicago, check out these links (way too many to put here individually!).
I hit the usual suspects for this, like del.icio.us and technorati. I only included posts from blogs and not from, say, Inside Higher Ed or the Chronicle. If I did miss something, let me know and I'll get it in.
A thirty-something gay white male rhetoric professor who spends way too much time thinking about the wrong things.