Doing Things Differently, or Doing Different Things?

The new tools of teaching are going to revolutionize the role of the professor in the classroom. Gone are the days in which the teacher occupies center stage–this new technology replaces traditional classroom instruction. Soon, students will learn via the screen, and our role as faculty will be rendered obsolete. Technology changes everything, but is change always good?

This was the conversation when televisions and VCRs became prevalent in classrooms.

You look surprised.

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Instructions Not Provided

When I taught my first class, I had that sinking feeling that everyone else had somehow gotten an instruction manual while I was left to drift on my own, awash in a sea of skeptical students. I had a similar reaction when I became a parent: where are the damn instructions? I don’t know what to do. Someone could get hurt here! Alas, as all you parents out there can testify, there is no instruction manual–and the books that present themselves as such are WRONG. We are left to figure things out for ourselves. Continue reading “Instructions Not Provided”

Here We Are, Now Entertain Us

Well, it has begun. Whether we were ready or not, we all have a week of classes under our collective belt. Where’s my classroom no I didn’t print out the latest copy of my schedule do we have to buy the books why can’t I upload anything to Blackboard hey prof I’m going to miss class Monday because my cat has the clap when do your kids start school did I remember my class roster why do I have 53 emails did this projector bulb just burn out? CHAOS AND ENTROPY REIGN

Kermit

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