Tuesday, March 29, 2005

It's a new day

I came back from an Easter campout with lungs full of campfire-smoke, but lots is happening back on the home front:

I'm teaching Newstalk, a class based entirely on reality: headlines, news clips, opinions about current events. It involves reading the newspaper carefully and shallowly, but constantly. More on this later.

I'm on my way to San Antonio, where I'll be presenting three things:

The role of the web, along with my partners Charles and Lawrence Kelly, CALL-IS Discussion.

Marketing learning, learning marketing in the new media, kind of a takeoff on the conference's "Teaching learning, learning teaching..."...this is a Program Admin-IS Discussion.

Teaching teachers to use weblogs effectively, CALL-IS Internet Fair.

If you're there, I hope to see you...if not, come look at the sites anyway. You present on the web, you'd better make a site.

The orange and blue of blogger reminds me...Go Illini! The Salukis are out...so are the Hawkeyes...and even the Badgers (I've been doing research on the bombing of the UW and in a twisted way have become a Badger fan!)...Go Michigan State too!


At 6:58 AM, Blogger Betty Tesh said...

Betty Tesh here with a few hints for New Teachers...

You're going to be a great teacher. You've got knowledge, enthusiasm, desire, motivation. What you don't have is experience.

And experience makes the difference between a potentially great teacher and a comfortably great teacher.

We've got over 68 combined years of experience to share, which is what we've done in...

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No esoteric teaching methods. No field studies or carefully calibrated experiments. Just down-to-earth, helpful hints and suggestions to help you survive your first (few) years as a teacher.

We warn you about common pitfalls, give suggestions for getting along with fellow teachers, toss out a few classroom management techniques, offer advice on dealing with parents, and share secrets on organizing some of that "stuff" you've suddenly acquired.

If what you want is dull, dry treatise on pedagogy, or if you need a heavy meal of ibids and op.cits laced with quotes from learned professors of education, this book's not for you. It's quick and easy reading, a bit light-hearted, but as serious as an air strike about helping you bet the teacher you know you were meant to be.

A handbook for initially licensed, novice and beginning teachers that shares classroom management ideas, tips for getting along with educational personnel, suggestions for dealing with parents, and advice that good mentoring
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As a new teacher, you won’t be doing battle with a supreme Evil like Sauron or traveling into the Cracks of Doom like Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, but like those two Hobbits, you are ‘expected to find a way...’ (Book IV, Chpt. 3) A way to make learning fun, but keep control of the classroom; a way to reach thirty different children with thirty different learning styles, a way to teach whole-heartedly while fielding a barrage of forms, procedures, expectations and instructions.

"The Handy-Dandy Desktop Mentor." is available at my site for New Teachers.


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