Monthly Archives: October 2010

Learning Constructive Criticism the Hard Way

In my first year of teaching communications to college advertising students in September 2008, I assumed teaching them would be like teaching adults. After all, they were all paying to be there. So I started out as my usual self: … Continue reading

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Tricks for picking class groups

I always struggle to find new, creative ways to divide students into different groups in class. They usually want to work with their friends, although many will admit they don’t always get the best results with buddies. As you may … Continue reading

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And another thing…

A discussion with Elizabeth tonight reminded me that I need to try to provide more constructive criticism when I’m marking students’ work. I have to work harder to find good things in poor work. “Oh, Buddha, give me the insight … Continue reading

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Learning by teaching

One of the things l love most about my instructional delivery class is that just about everything we learn is learned by having us teach it or experience it hands-on in some way. This past week, Elizabeth taught us about … Continue reading

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This was a tough summer for me. I had planned to structure my weeks so that I spent some time each day studying, exercising and playing, but I wasn’t able to be so disciplined. And, as a result, my summer … Continue reading

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Networking, awards and mentorship. Oh my!

This was a tough summer for me. I had planned to structure my weeks so that I spent some time each day studying, exercising and playing, but I wasn’t able to be so disciplined. And, as a result, my summer … Continue reading

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Case study strategy — up close and personal

I’ve never used case studies to teach (never even considered it), so it was particularly exciting to examine this teaching strategy in our Oct. 5 Instructional Delivery class. As she often does, our instructor Elizabeth taught us this teaching tool … Continue reading

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Jagged Jigsaw

Only a poor journalist fails to follow a story through to its end, so I’m providing a short report on how my first attempt at Jigsaw worked on Thursday with my advertising class. I used it to teaching a lesson … Continue reading

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How do you give advice when you break all the rules?

Only three years ago, I struggled even to figure out how to open the PowerPoint software, never mind add sound and images and video. Continue reading

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Puzzling over Jigsaw

Ever since I started teaching, I’ve been hearing and reading about this incredible teaching method called Jigsaw. It sounds fairly straightforward when explained, but I’ve been struggling with how I could incorporate it into one of my own lessons—until my … Continue reading

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