Tuesday Teaching Talk (TTT)

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. Hold on to your hats.  The CAST coordinators (yes there are 2 of us) are tasked with supplying TTTs to you.  Look for questions, videos, tips, etc.  Enjoy!

 

Welcome to Week 4. 

What is your #1 pet peeve this week with respect to teaching?

Tuesday Teaching Talk (TTT)

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. Hold on to your hats.  The CAST coordinators (yes there are 2 of us) are tasked with supplying TTTs to you.  Look for questions, videos, tips, etc.  Enjoy!

A few quick adverts first:

1) There is no official CAST meeting tomorrow due the to extra Tuesday in January,
BUT, feel free to come to 1046 between 2 and 3 for…

CAST Drop-in!


Find some tidbits for you: the teacher, the scholar and the person!

2) CAST is looking for volunteers to open up their classrooms for Peer Observations.  Look out for an e-mail very soon.

What’s your policy on cell phones?

Tuesday Teaching Talk (TTT)

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. Hold on to your hats.  The CAST coordinators (yes there are 2 of us) are tasked with supplying TTTs to you.  Look for questions, videos, tips, etc.  Enjoy!

A few quick adverts…

1) Today is the first CAST Pedagogy Subgroup meeting at 2 in 1046.

2) Thursday is the first of four Thursday Teaching Talks (a different/new TTT; CAST loves the letter T apparently).  This Thursday is Cookies and CAST where we’ll discuss creating crumbs of curiosity in our teaching.

Without further ado, here’s today’s TTT.

Share a non-astonishing teaching tip.

Tuesday Teaching Talk (TTT)

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. Hold on to your hats.  The CAST coordinators (yes there are 2 of us) are tasked with supplying TTTs to you.  Look for questions, videos, tips, etc.  Enjoy!

Happy New Year! The first CAST meeting of 2012 is today at 2 in 1046. We hope to see many of you there. Now a few words from Dr. Sexy CAST.

 

Tuesday Teaching Talk

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. It could be a question, an article or a tip to name a few options.

It’s a final week free-for-all!  Also, if you’re not busy between 2 and 3 today, stop into 1046 to find out who the new coordinator/vice coordinator are.

Now for the TTT.  Speak your mind.  Vent, gripe, rejoice!  This is freestyle and open.

Tuesday Teaching Talk

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. It could be a question, an article or a tip to name a few options.

Not so quick advertisements…

1) Elections for  CAST coordinator begin today.  Full-timers, check your mailboxes.  Look here for more info on the positions.  There are 3 candidates for coordinator (and vice coordinator): Brigitte Maronde (ELL/WL), Amelia Lopez (English, Speech and Theatre) and Chris Sabino (Mathematics).

2) Today is the CAST research  subgroup’s monthly meeting at 2 in 1046

3) This Friday, 12/2, join CAST for “Cookies and CAST” an informal gathering in 1046 starting around 10:30 a.m in which we grade, write exams, eat cookies and commiserate before the final week of the semester.

Now for today’s TTT.

This seemed apropos.  Do you have anything to add to the list?

Tuesday Teaching Talk (Thanksgiving Week)

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. It could be a question, an article or a tip to name a few options.

Quick advertisements…

1) Nominations for CAST coordinator are due by Monday 11/28.  Look here for more info.

2) Today is the CAST pedagogy subgroup’s monthly meeting at 2 in 1046

3) Next Friday, 12/2, join CAST for “Cookies and CAST” an informal gathering in 1046 starting around 10:30 a.m in which we grade, write exams, eat cookies and commiserate before the final week of the semester.

Now for today’s TTT.

It is Thanksgiving Week, so I’d like to thank you all for reading and rarely responding to the TTT’s this semester. 🙂

Here comes my cliche post of the semester.  I’m betting that there are many especially thankful faculty in our midsts, namely those who just submitted their 1st, 2nd and final portfolios (or post tenure if that’s due now).  Congrats!.  Besides that, what are you thankful for with respect to your teaching at HW?  In the quiet, thoughtful moments what is it about your time/life at HW that you’re truly thankful for?

Have a nice little break before the end of another speedy semester.  Gobble, gobble!

Nominations for the next CAST Coordinator (and Vice Coordinator)

In case you missed the e-mail…

 

Hello all,

I hope the near end of the semester is going well for you.  I’m excited to announce that the time has come for nominations for the CAST Coordinator.  I’m even more excited to announce a few changes with respect to CAST officers and elections.

First, CAST now has 2 officer positions that have release time.  Previously the coordinator received 3 hours of release time per semester.  Now, the Vice coordinator will also receive 3 hours of release time per semester.  You can find the descriptions for each position by clicking on the link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18zRKQRpWfm5YoUSw9hn4BKtFQrRRGzzhAn28Br1ZUJI/edit

Second, once the nominations are in, an election will be held.  The top vote-getter will be the coordinator and the 2nd highest vote-getter will be Vice coordinator.  Note that both positions are for one year (January to December)

As for the nominations, to nominate a colleague, simply e-mail me at this address or at csabino@ccc.edu.  I will then e-mail the nominee to verify her/his acceptance.  THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MONDAY 11/28.  Elections will occur from Tues. 11/29-Mon. 12/5.  The new officers will “inaugurated” at the final CAST meeting of the semester on Tues. 12/6 at 2 in room 1046 and will begin in their positions at the conclusion of the Fall semester.  Note that CAST meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2 in room 1046.

Thanks for reading.
Chris Sabino
CAST coordinator
Assistant Professor Mathematics

P.S.  Save the date!  Cookies and CAST (a working title) is happening on Friday Dec. 2 in 1046 (now with some artwork).  The room will be open for grading, socializing and technology questions (if applicable).  It will also contain various baked goods from willing donors. The idea is to have the room open all day for this sort of interaction to end the semester on a high note.

Tuesday Teaching Talk

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. It could be a question, an article or a tip to name a few options.

Today is the 2nd Technology Tools of the Trade!! Topics include Animoto by Vincent Wiggins, Glogster by Michal Eskayo, Course Content in the Cloud by Ephrem Rabin, Bookmarking by Camelia Salajean (tentatively) and something else (could be Prezi, Wordle, Google Docs, or pong in the classroom) by me.

Also, I’m writing this on Sunday night hoping that today (Tuesday, the day of the post) will be the day I find out about the release time (currently 3, hopefully 6) for the next CAST coordinator.  Nominations and the unveiling of the new charter (which includes policies surrounding the use of room 1046) will occur this week, with any luck.

Now for the TTT.

Given the lack of response as of late, I’m making this a wildcard, freestyle, whatever you want in lieu of sharing some of the content of a very interesting conference call I took part in with folks from the Faculty and Staff Development task force having to do with changes to the tenure and post-tenure processes as well as professional development.  Once I have more info, that will be its own post.  I’m getting my notes and thoughts together. So post what you like about teaching, professional development, ponies, etc.

If you can’t stand that much freedom, here are a few questions.

What do you want from CAST?

What do you want in the way of professional development assuming you have time to engage?

What is your preferred medium for professional development (in person, in print, in-ternet, etc.)

What is your favorite type of cookie?  Heads up for a cheap plug…CAST is having a cookies and grading day on Friday Dec. 2.  The CAST room (1046) will be open and filled with baked goods (hopefully) to fire you up to grade or write papers or exams.  I know that many in the English dept. will be in the throes of grading exit essays.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading.  See you at 2:30.

Blackboard Blitz this Friday if you’re around

Blackboard Blitz
Friday November 11, 2011
Harold Washington College – Room 407

1. 9:00 – 10:00
Topics covered include:
– managing the environment
-creating announcements
-posting documents, videos, external links, and more
-accessing Control Panel functions
2. 10:00 – 11:00
Topics covered include Basic Grade Center features:
-customizing the view
-posting grades and student comments
-weighting grades
– generating reports
-downloading the Grade Center
3. 11:00 –12:00
Topics covered include:
-Communications Features (email, discussion board, internal messages)
– Digital Assignment Function
-Turnitin.com (plagiarism detection software)
Lunch (on your own)

4. 1:00 – 2:30
Blackboard Open Lab – Practice: Work on your spring courses.

Click on the link below to reserve your seat. (max. 25)
Response Deadline – noon Thursday November 10
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BB_in_a_day_workshop

Tuesday Teaching Talk

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. It could be a question, an article or a tip to name a few options.

Today is the penultimate full CAST meeting of the semester and my penultimate as coordinator.  I’ve included the agenda below (including a link to the draft of the revised CAST charter) in case you missed the e-mail.  Also, next week is our 2nd Technology Tools of the Trade.  Expect some more info on that very soon.  Also look out for the rescheduling of our extended Technology Tools of the Trade event.  Finally, think about who you’d like to nominate to be the next coordinator of CAST.  The nomination form will be making its way around in paper and electronically by the end of the week or early next week at the latest.

1.  Approve minutes
2.  Reports from Subgroups
3.  Room 1046 updates
4.  Revised Charter (and approval?)
(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hhp5R73c4KcEWsY83wKJSYMcs2fQsJWiBXaDlVn55bg/edit)
5.  Nominations for Coordinator and election
6.  The remaining events for this semester
7.  Other business

NOW for today’s Tuesday Teaching Talk.

With the last day for student initiated withdrawal less than a week away, this is the time when my office hours become much more popular.  Maybe you have the same experience.  I have no way of knowing unless I share an office with you.  How do you handle the “should I drop” question?  Also, since much of our teaching is informed by our lives as students, did you ever find yourself in the “should I drop” situation?  This may be a bit more personal than you want to get on a Tuesday but I figured I’d ask.  I’ll start the ball rolling if you’d humor me.
1.  In H.S. I was enrolled in Spanish 4 (the highest Spanish course offered) my senior year.  After a week, I was faced with a dilemma. The teacher and course were very challenging.  I knew from the first week and from the word on the street.  I already had a difficult course load and lunch only every other day due to 2 period Calc.  Also, I was student-directing the fall play, planning to star in the musical, shooting for the school paper, etc.  I made the decision to drop the class and have regretted the decision ever since (not that I’ve lost any sleep over it).  I don’t regret it inasmuch as think I would have been that much more fluent in Spanish.  I do regret not being able to participate in the inside jokes of my friends who stuck around.  I regret taking the easy way out for the sake of balance but also keeping up my GPA (a major motivator back then).

2.  In college, I was toying with the idea of double majoring in Math and Physics.  I decided to talk the non-calc based physics because it fit into my schedule better, though not really. This was a big mistake.  I despised the class and the professor.  I also despised the time, M, W and F mornings, if I recall..  Needless to say, I was not a model student and found myself with a shamefully low grade mostly due to my negligence.  When faced with the decision to drop or not drop, I stuck around knowing and took what I deserved.  It was an important moment in my college career.  I learned that physics wasn’t for me and that I needed to work at things that didn’t come naturally a bit more than I was.

Thanks for reading.  I look forward to getting personal on this brisk, likely rainy, Tuesday.