It’s that time of the semester, the one where we feel like our bag of tricks is nearly empty. It’s the time I feel like a tired Vegas Act with only half the material I need. Hello? Is this thing on? Tough crowd…HOW DO I KEEP THESE PEOPLE ENTERTAINED FOR ANOTHER 50 MINUTES?
If you’re in that same boat, we have good news for you! On Monday, Nov. 16, CETL will be hosting our first annual Speed-Geeking Festival at 4:00 PM in the Speed Lyceum (OOOH FANCY). We’ll have several tables where some of your colleagues will share one of their cool activities, assignments, or course materials with you. After a few minutes, we’ll ring the bell, and you’ll go to a new table, with another colleague, and talk about another awesome thing they’re doing. It’s just like speed-dating, except less awkward and contrived. And unlike speed-dating, where your only takeaway is a lingering sense of social isolation, your takeaway here will be a handful of things you can either use right away in your classes or save as the foundation for cool things next semester. Plus, we’ll have snacks. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
We hope you’ll join us on Monday–all faculty and staff are cordially invited. We’ll see you at 4:00, in the SPEED Lyceum to SPEED geek! (See what we did there?)
On to this week’s links:
They may be aimed at K-12 teachers, but I still chuckled at a good many of these “61 Best Teaching Memes.” Ah, the internet. Such magic.
As we head towards the holiday where we ponder what we’re thankful for, I’m continually struck by how thankful I am for being surrounded by colleagues who are so passionately committed to their teaching and to student success. It’s inspiring to be a part of so many conversations about pedagogy and student learning where I learn as much as I teach. I’m reminded of a post by Josh Eyler from a couple of years ago where he reflects on the nature of “inspiration” in teaching. Eyler’s conclusion rings true for me: Inspiration, he says, comes not from a once-in-a-lifetime Dead Poets’ Society-type character, but from “those teachers on our own campuses who are doing outstanding work in their classrooms every single day as our models. If inspiration is anywhere, I’m pretty sure it’s there.” I couldn’t agree more.
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The description of this video says: “Three bulldogs surfing to some Ethiopian jazz is easily the best thing you’ll see all week.” That is 100% accurate.