A Decade’s Change for the Worse

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A list of 10 things teachers did not have to deal with 10 years ago.

For those of us who teach college, numbers 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10 most likely apply.

(h/t: Instapundit)

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But What if Your Best Are Your Adjuncts?

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This piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that colleges need to get theirĀ  “very best professors in front of as many students as possible, as early as possible” to teach introductory courses. The implication is that if a student has a bad experience with an adjunct, who tend to not stick around for long (which must happen in other universities – I teach with some adjuncts who have been at the same institution for more than 30 years), that experience sticks with the student. Or if the student has a good experience and the adjunct leaves, the student doesn’t have a familiar face to take the next course with, or isn’t around to recommend a colleague.

Seems to me that if a student has a bad experience with any level of instructor – from teaching assistant all the way up to a full-on tenured professor whose office is full of dusty books and smells like a closet where mothballs go to die – that experience will stick as well.

 

The Way We Were

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Back in 1911, to be exact. Take a look at this speed-corrected, digitally-renovated and sound-mixed clip of New York City more than 100 years ago.

Do Better Teachers Exist?

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Apparently not, especially if they can’t read Milton.

(h/t: Vanderleun)

Students Off the Rails and on a Crazy Train

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Too busy checking with Facebook to be checking into some intellectual curiosity? These veteran academics think so.

(h/t: Drudge)

Your Friday Dose of Bad Lip Reading

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This one featuring Yoda. And just remember, “When the time is right, birds will bite your face.”

Have a grand weekend.

Tool Time!

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Just like the stuff that appears in the Harbor Freight Tools circulars (and actually just might be).

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(h/t: Vanderleun)

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