I woke up (feeling a bit battered and old) this morning with a renewed vision of what I want to do in the classroom to help students. Lana and Julie were pretty inspirational in their presentation, and while I was laughing a lot throughout it, they got in my brain. Almost immediately, I was thinking about ways that I could, as my Dean's mantra is, do the right thing. Not only for my students, but also for me. Julie's interesting discussion of Gen Y and their sense of immediacy and sometimes entitlement, combined with Lana's discussion of connection with the students through the use of technology they are using on a second-by-second basis also got me to thinking.
The result? I'm going to open up a bit more about teaching. That means a few things:
1. I'm upgrading the site. I want the capability to do more here.
2. I'm probably going to add a teaching blog; I have yet to decide if I'm just going to use this one as my teaching and prof. development blog (thinking maybe so), or if I want to have a blog for Composition, one for Lit and so on. Stay tuned.
3. I'm going to dust off Audacity and start using supplemental audio in my classes. I'm thinking of trying a podcast each week.
So, there will be some changes coming. I'm pretty ramped up.