[April's Teaching Carnival is compiled by Dawn M. Armfield, a PhD Candidate in the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communications program in the Writing Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. You can reach her via email or Twitter. ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return for a snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms. You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival's home page. —Billie Hara]
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It’s About the Students
- In About Those Tests I Gave You: An Open Letter to My Students, Ruth Ann Dandrea discusses the English Language Arts Exams her state requires her to administer and how it not only affects her, but her students.
- Ellen Bremen blogs as The Chatty Professor in “Word. Wednesday: “Everybody,” where she explains to students why using the “everybody” argument isn’t effective.
- On Story Collider (a podcast about science), Ed Gavagan tells a story about when an instructor shared his knowledge in the most unlikely of places.
Tools of the Trade
- In We, Our Digital Selves, and Us, Alan Levine discusses the complexities instructors may have with multiple identities, and in using the tools that helped him combine his identities for a set outcome.
- Eric Clark discusses two apps that have been highlighted in ProfHacker, but discusses them in the use of tutoring and classroom note-taking.
- Jenny Crisp shared that her students really love this method of assessing writing, and that it’s a much faster format for her than the traditional pen and paper.
- David Parry takes a look at the tools he uses now compared to what he used five years ago.
- Melissa A. Venable shared Five Fundamental Strategies for New Online Instructors.
- MindShift writes about how instructors are using Pinterest for classroom curation.
- Jonathan Malesic discusses the prospects and limitations of constructivism in “Constructing learning” and works through some tough questions for active learning, including the time it takes to design activities and the risk of promoting activity for its own sake.
- In Is the College Lecture Dead, Dying, or Just Lying Low?, Justin Marquis takes on the Chronicle’s Lecture Fail? question.
- In Virtuous Arguments, John Duffy discusses why what students learn in their first-year writing courses can be effective for a lifetime.
- Pete Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel discuss the pedagogy and tools used in Experiments in Mass Collaboration.
- In “Was Your Last Textbook $30? Your Next One Could Be!“, Ellen Bremen discusses a Washington State effort to bring open source curriculum worldwide for 81 top enrolled 100- and 200-level courses for no more than $30 cost to the student.
- Camela Giraud writes Frankenbook, in which she shares the experience of when reading with electronic texts failed to impress students.
- In Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really, Grant Wiggins tackles the big questions about curriculum.
- Kelly Vaughn tells a story about being a middle school science teacher and the lengths she is willing to go to in order to engage students in Have Lobster, Will Travel.
- Found via No Caption Needed, Matthew Frye Jacobson has created Historian’s Eye, a crowd-sourced history project.
- Traci Gardner (aka @tengrrl) writes about 30 Poems You Can Write for National Poetry Month.
In the News
- Via Nick Carbone, Reuters reports on Robo-readers: the new teachers’ helper in the U.S..
- In case you’ve missed it, TED has a new channel for education: Education on TED.
- Erin Lenz, Idaho Teacher of Year, tells lawmakers that there needs to be a focus on early reading.
- Another media powerhouse, CNN, discusses education in its Schools of Thought blog.
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A last note: If you do not see your discipline represented in these Teaching Carnivals, it’s because we don’t know about you (or them). Please send them to the current compiler of the TC or to Billie Hara (email or twitter) and we’ll get them included next time. Better yet, volunteer to compile a Carnival yourself! We are always looking for more contributors for the Teaching Carnival, so if you have interest in compiling links for one month later this year, please contact Billie Hara for information.
Teaching Carnival 5.09: Delaney Kirk, a management professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. You can reach her via email or on Twitter. Delaney is both an educator and an edublogger–ask her a question or check out her tips on teaching effectiveness at Ask Dr. Kirk. Send her your links for inclusion in Teaching Carnival 5.09.
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