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Assessment Question for Teachers

May. 17th, 2010 | 08:04 pm
posted by: rdherman in academia

Who writes the assessments you use in your classes?

How is validity and reliability ensured (whether you write them or someone else does)?

What kind of quantitative analysis is done with any classroom performance statistics from classes you teach?

::cross-posted in other teaching groups::

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On the 'Morrow

Mar. 2nd, 2010 | 06:34 pm
mood: nervousnervous
posted by: pupilpreceptor in academia

After much waiting and some missed connections while trying to plan a schedule, I finally have a rough idea of when I'll be going to the family's home to teach the boys. Tomorrow will be my first visit. The excitement I felt before has been more or less completely replaced by nervousness.

Less than a week ago, Sistine stopped by the school I work at to have a meeting with the teachers I work with, whom we'll call Christine and Gizelle. This was Sistine's second meeting with Christine in a few days. At the first meeting, Sistine had gone over some in-class observation notes with Christine, and as I happened to be helping out in Christine's room at the time of the observation, Sistine made some notes about me, as well. The expectations for ed. techs. are really pretty low, but I must have handled a situation well when Sistine was observing me, because she mentioned to Christine that I was one of the smarter ed. techs. she had hired; which made me feel pretty good. It's always great to hear something like that from your boss. The downside of that was that at the second meeting, Sistine dropped off the materials I'll be using to teach the boys and gave me no tips, pointers, advice, or general help. She said simply "Here are the materials you'll need. I have the utmost confidence that you'll be able to figure this out."

I'm flattered that she has a high opinion of my intellect, but I'm not sure that Sistine realizes how nervous I am about this responsibility. Luckily there will be a translator available for at least 15 minutes tomorrow, so I can introduce myself and explain to the boys what I hope to accomplish. I'm also thinking about letting them know that this is my first time teaching non-English speakers.

The simplest-looking material in the box is a set of 26 cards, one for each letter of the alphabet and a picture of something that begins with that letter (an apple, for example, with "A a" beneath it). I figured that I would start with these cards to establish the sounds the letters make, then I thought it would be best to point to things in their home and name them, having the boys repeat what I say. I figured it would also be helpful to write out the names for items we identify and tape these labels to the items, then leave the labels up after I leave for the boys to practice.

I have a feeling that this will all be much easier and make much more sense after I've had my first session with the boys tomorrow, but for now I'm having trouble remembering to think positive. What if I take the wrong track? What if I fail to teach these boys any English? What if I do such a terrible job that I get fired from my ed. tech. job? I'm also nervous about the neighborhood. What if I get mugged walking to the apartment? (given the location, this fear is not completely unfounded). 

Maybe I'm being stupid. I know that this is an awesome opportunity...I'm just really nervous. I feel like I have a lot of people to let down here: the boys and Sistine are big ones, but I'm mostly worried about letting myself down. What if I'm not actually good enough to navigate this situation successfully? What if I end up an ed. tech. (or worse) for the rest of my life?

I suppose that tests and challenges like this are necessary to show us what we are capable of and to help us to grow. Is it wrong of me to wish I didn't have to face these tests and challenges in favor of comfortable stasis?

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The tyranny of Microsoft Word autocorrection

Jul. 16th, 2008 | 10:45 am
posted by: arcana_mundi in academia

Dear all -

I've managed to turn off the autocorrecting feature to the fullest possible extent via the Spelling and Grammar tab under Tools->Options, but the damn thing is still insisting on inserting all kinds of capital letters after periods. I'm currently transcribing manuscript catalogue data which is chock full of things like "nomina. trinus. trinitas. et talia. non ponunt aliquid. sed tantum privant." and so on. It's vexing in the extreme to look back at my document and see it full of capital letters after periods that only mark abbreviations or ellipses.

Has anyone here sorted out how to make it stop? I'm all out of ticky boxes to untick and it's STILL DOING IT.

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Summer Academic Working Group

Jun. 3rd, 2008 | 10:04 pm
posted by: bing_crosby in academia

hey folks, sorry for cross-posts but this is a great thing for those languishing over the summer. Feel free to forward/re-post.

We are happy to announce the 2008 Summer Academic Working Group. This peer accountability and feedback system allows users from anywhere in the world to share documents and feedback. Working group participants participate in "clusters" around a common discipline, theme, or type of work. Clusters exchange work on a regular basis - normally every two weeks - by posting it to a secure course and project management site at the University of Michigan. Participants then provide and receive feedback for members of their cluster. Having a deadline helps everyone get more done, and having feedback makes what's done better.

For more information, or for sign-up instructions, go to http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lpowner/workgroup.htm

Any questions can be emailed via the webpage.

Last year some 20 people participated. It's a really nice opportunity to get feedback from people you don't already hear from regularly or who might bring very different perspectives to your work.

(Crossposted to a bunch of academic communities; please feel free to post to other discipline-specific or personal groups, blogs, or lists via LJ or email.)

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New Website - Ivory Tower Woman

Feb. 24th, 2008 | 08:53 pm
mood: determineddetermined
posted by: morningloryblue in academia

Hello.  I hope this message is allowed at your website.  I wanted to share information about a brand new community that has promise and value.  It is:  ivorytowerwoman - a space meant for discussions about the experiences of lesbian women in higher education.  Please consider, take a look, and join if this opportunity speaks to you!  Take care!   

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Take my sister's survey, get a free SQUISHY BRAIN!

Feb. 13th, 2008 | 11:55 am
posted by: manifestress in academia

I am so proud of my sister, Nancy. She has an awesome reading system consulting business http://www.BookandBrain.com - she is a keynote speaker and teaches teachers and students around the country (and soon, Internationally). She is also in her Master's program at Pepperdine University, in Educational Technology. She overcame her own learning disabilities and dyslexia, and taught herself to read in 8th grade - and used what she learned about her "different learning" to create a system to help others.

"I am sending you my link to my survey. If you are interested fill out the starred * questions and receive a squishy brain from Book & Brain. Or fill out the whole survey for my research. I am sending about 8000 e-mails this week and I am hoping to get a good response with Survey Monkey. Check it out. This is my year long project for Pepperdine that I will present in LA before a graduate in June. Almost done.....
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Job Opportunity

Nov. 19th, 2007 | 04:39 pm
posted by: phdcow in academia

Hi everyone,

I'm an assistant professor of business administration at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.  We've just opened the search for a new tenure-track position and I thought this might be a useful outlet for the announcement.  If you or someone you know might be interested, please feel free to pass this along.

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DON'T show me the money...

Nov. 11th, 2007 | 04:12 pm
posted by: sensaes in academia

I didn't have the heart to either disparage, or dismiss out of hand, the ethos behind this one:


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[UK] That degree - a price worth paying? One in four say no...

Jul. 26th, 2007 | 11:45 am
posted by: sensaes in academia


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this may be OT . . .

Jul. 23rd, 2007 | 04:36 pm
posted by: eddthegnome in academia

(and I'm hoping it's not)

but . . . I'm an academic, and you're (possibly more knowledgeable) academics, so it seemed worth a try.

I'm finishing up my MA right now and looking for PhD programs that are good places to study fandom. Any department that is good for the subject will do--I'm figuring Cultural Studies or Media Studies programs are probably my best bet, but I'm open to anywhere where I'll be happy. Anybody in a program they want to advocate? Anybody in one they think I should avoid at all costs?


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