Monthly Archives: October 2014

Visual Notes October 24, 2014 – Horror Stories from the Classroom

If you missed out on the great stories told at the last Talking About Teaching, you can catch up on what happened by checking out the visual notes linked up below.

Jeff Meadows

Jeff Meadows (cartoon illustration) - Teaching Centre

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Harold Jansen

Harold Jansen - Talking About Teaching - October 24, 2014 - Horror Stories from the Classroom

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Sheila McManus
Sheila McManus - Talking About Teaching - October 24, 2014 - Horror Stories from the Classroom

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Jan Newberry
Jan Newberry - Talking About Teaching - October 24, 2014 - Horror Stories from the Classroom

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Does good writing lead to better jobs?

We often hear the argument in higher education that our students need to be better writers. Arguments range from students being able to communicate ideas more clearly, to being able to analyze texts in more detail. However a new infographic produces another reason why writing is so important. Higher rates of pay. Generally better writers get paid better wages according to the linked infographic below from dailyinfographic.com. With arguments stating better writing can develop communication skills and better analytical skills, this just notice in pay change may be a result of a broader and more detailed skill development overall.

Dailyinfographic.com - Why Good Writing is Needed

The above infographic was created by Dailyinfographic.com. Please check out their site for great visual data on great topics.

 

Sobering Lessons Learned When Shadowing Students

In a recent article posted by Grant Wiggins (A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned), he posts the experiences of a former high school teacher who has entered a new role as a high school teaching coach. The article is a reflection piece that explores the experiences of the teaching coach shadowing 2 students for 2 days. What the teaching coach is exposed to, is an eye opening experience.

The post has a fully detailed explanation of the two day shadowing event, and although the experiences being talked about are in the context of a high school experience, many of the key learning experiences from the teaching coach are relevant to any level of teaching. Below is a summary of the key learning experiences the teaching coach identifies in the article, as well as some exemplars of how instructors here at the University of Lethbridge are trying to provide a more enjoyable and engaging classroom experience to our students.

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