Is Everyone Thinking? What are they all thinking about? This is THE Key. — teacherhead

“Memory is the residue of thought”. As part of my work with Oldham College, this week we were revisiting the key ideas that underpin our Teaching for Distinction programme. Right at the top is Dan Willingham’s work on memory including this important and famous statement: memory is the residue of thought. It deserves repeated revisiting. […]Is … Continue reading Is Everyone Thinking? What are they all thinking about? This is THE Key. — teacherhead

Uncertainty as a vital component of learning: making room for the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’

By Dr Vic Boyd, Academic Development Tutor, Institute for University to Business Education (U2B) Managing uncertainty is an area of expertise for every single member of staff at GCU. Particularly at this time of year as we embark on a new academic session, there are many friendly, familiar unknowns that we have become adept at … Continue reading Uncertainty as a vital component of learning: making room for the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’

Scaffolding the Class: Mid-Course Corrections

In a recent meeting with instructors teaching gateway/corequisite pairs (both math and English) in a range of hybrid formats (with as little as 10% to as much as 75% online), I heard my colleagues talk about the difficulties students were having in navigating their courses—not just our corequisite or “learning support” courses, but their psychology,…Scaffolding … Continue reading Scaffolding the Class: Mid-Course Corrections

We Are (Still) Teaching (Repost of Bedford Bits Blog)

Week 4 of the semester is about to begin—perhaps the most difficult semester I’ve ever had. Nearly eight years ago, I taught a full load of composition and ESL courses at a community college while going through chemotherapy. I wore hats to cover my hair loss, and fatigue kept me seated and perhaps a bit…We … Continue reading We Are (Still) Teaching (Repost of Bedford Bits Blog)

A Story about Becoming a University Teacher

Living by the Proverb ABSTRACT There seems to be a strong link between developing our identities and storytelling. As humans, we strive for coherence, and this coherence is found in stories (Hermans, 2001). This is an experimental paper telling a story about developing a brave, and authentic self as an educator (teacher) in Higher Education … Continue reading A Story about Becoming a University Teacher

Appreciating Writing Assistance Technologies… Finally?

This post originally appeared on the National Writing Project’s “Ahead of the Code” blog on Medium on August 22, 2020. Appreciating Writing Assistance Technologies… Finally? You would think that, as English teachers, we would have been more appreciative. Even from the founding of our major professional organization, the National Council of Teachers of English, we … Continue reading Appreciating Writing Assistance Technologies… Finally?

Online Learning: Let Students Learn Where They Are — WCET Frontiers

The COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to move their face-to-face courses to remote and online formats. Instructors heroically worked to ensure continuity of learning for their students. Considering this shift online, Mark Porcaro, the Executive Director of Online Learning at Wichita State University and WCET Steering Committee member, reflected that learning isn’t all about […]Online … Continue reading Online Learning: Let Students Learn Where They Are — WCET Frontiers