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December 2009 Blog Posts (25)

What does the sheepskin mean?

I feel like I shouldn't be surprised. When I finished 5th grade, I regarded how quickly elementary school went. When I finished 8th grade I said "Wow, middle school just flew by." When senior year in high school came around I felt like I had just begun. It happens every time and it's happening again. I recently completely the first semester of my senior year, and am anticipating the start and end of the next one.

It will feel completely surreal when I'm in Yankee Stadium getting my… Continue

Added by Susan B. on December 28, 2009 at 10:56am — No Comments

College student sues Green Mountain College in Vermont over co-ed bathrooms in dorms. 12/22/09 (Source: NY Daily News)

BY Issie Lapowsky



Tuesday, December 22nd 2009, 12:12 PM

Co-ed bathrooms - or lack thereof - have been a hot topic on college campuses… Continue

Added by Paul Geller on December 22, 2009 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Governor proposes study of Colo. higher education By STEVEN K. PAULSON. Posted 12/19/09 (Source: AP)

DENVER — Warning that higher education is facing a funding crisis next year, Gov. Bill Ritter named businessman Dick Monfort and attorney Jim Lyons on Thursday to chair a new committee and come up with a roadmap for the future of Colorado's 27 public colleges and universities.

"It really is about writing the future of education in this state and higher education in this state. It really is about a master plan," Ritter told college presidents and education leaders at a summit at the… Continue

Added by Paul Geller on December 19, 2009 at 12:43pm — No Comments

On Unions and Adjuncts

CU has not unionized its adjuncts (although there was an attempt a few years ago), Metro State did. As a temp (one semester) I was not eligible to join union which was apparently open only to permanent faculty. Because of the contract, Metro did not require us to have office hours nor were we recipients of benefits (we were required to contribute to the state retirement fund).

CU, without a union, offers us the same level of benefits as any other part timer with the exception of… Continue

Added by Michael D Kanner on December 18, 2009 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Student Contributor Post - End of the Semester: Changing Opinions

Before a class even begins, we have ideas about what it will be like based on the subject matter, what we know about the professor (whether or not we've taken a class with him or her before), and with whom we are taking the class. This semester, I took two Graduate-level English classes. I had taken two classes with one of the professors before, but the other professor I only knew of through a friend. I was excited for the one class but not so much for the other.

Throughout the semester, I… Continue

Added by Jenny Binnie on December 17, 2009 at 9:55pm — No Comments

NERCHE is Partnering with AASCU on a webinar in the Agents and Architects of Democracy series entitled "An Empowering Heritage - Democracy Colleges and Freedom Struggles."

The American Democracy Project (ADP) in collaboration with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), is pleased to announce the second webinar in the Agents and Architects of Democracy series entitled "An Empowering Heritage - Democracy Colleges and Freedom Struggles." To learn more about the webinar or to register, please see:… Continue

Added by John.saltmarsh@umb.edu on December 17, 2009 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Officials investigating admissions policies at 4 midstate colleges for possibility of gender bias... By JAN MURPHY (FacultyRow Member and Journalist.), The Patriot-News December 17, 2009, 9:08AM



Four midstate colleges are among 19 schools being targeted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for an examination of whether the admissions process is discriminating against female students.

Shippensburg University, Messiah College, York College of Pennsylvania and… Continue

Added by Faculty Row Alerts on December 17, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments


Great you see you on here. I was going to recommend it to you when I next saw you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Added by Patrick J Courtney on December 15, 2009 at 2:56pm — No Comments

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Added by Faculty Row Support on December 14, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

How to respectfully tell a professor that they might be wrong. 12/11/09. Source: www.collegenews.com.



Published: December 11, 2009

Just how do you tell a professor they calculated your grade wrong, or that you actually did attend that one class?

Professors and students alike are currently in the… Continue

Added by Lydia O'Connell on December 14, 2009 at 9:37am — 2 Comments

A couple more tools...

Since I found out how easy it is to add graphics, I'll show a couple of other tools - and these are a preview of the upcoming iPhone version; they work exactly the same on a computer.

The first is based on Flander's Analysis research and is useful in observing any classroom. These are the components of good teaching in most situations. You need to gather data for the entire class or lesson in elementary for this tool to be useful.…


Added by John Tenny, Ph.D. on December 12, 2009 at 12:06am — No Comments

Copenhagen: Who will take the real first step?

Copenhagen needs one country, small or large, to eliminate fossil fuel usage with 5 years .... sending a message to the other 238 countries. Japan has a protype for electromagnetic propulsion ... eliminating fossil fuels on the high seas by fitting their entire merchant marine .. so why is Japan lagging ..instead of leading? The US should be eliminating fossil fuel driven cars, buses and trucks ....140 years of oil dependence continues.

Added by Mitch Charkiewicz on December 11, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Snapshot of Teacher Talk Tool

Here's a screenshot of the Teacher Talk tool referred to in the previous post. You can look at all the tools on my website - www.ecove.net

This tool is based on Flander's Analysis research, and other tools can be created to go more in depth with the data collection.…


Added by John Tenny, Ph.D. on December 11, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

In-class observation of university faculty

Next week I'll be going into a graduate class at Willamette University to observe a Supervision and Evaluation faculty member and students. When I offered to use the eCOVE Observation Software to gather data on student performance as they present synopsis of textbook chapters it was welcomed with open arms. I'm going to also gather data on teacher talk/student talk.

I'll begin by talking about what data I'll be collecting and how it will be used. I will be sending the data directly… Continue

Added by John Tenny, Ph.D. on December 11, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

Do You Dimdim?

I'm a technology geek.

There, I said it.

In the last twelve months I've been teaching a few online classes. Like many instructors, I am fairly new to teaching online classes. Fortunately, I am not new to the medium. Not only did I complete my degree through a distance-learning program, but I have taken many professional development classes specifically focused on best practices in online instructional development. And I am currently studying for my masters in Instructional… Continue

Added by Kathleen Kinney on December 10, 2009 at 3:51pm — 4 Comments

Anybody interested in Chan (Zen)?

I am interested in discussions about Chan (Zen) and publications and projects on this topic. Drop me a line if you know or want to know Chan (Zen). Thanks!

Added by Hong Lin on December 9, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

Need for Academic Libraries

Academic libraries are even more important than ever to campus life. They serve not just as a place for research, but also as a place for learning. As all educators know a tremendous amount of learning takes place outside of the classroom. Students and faculty alike are meeting in the library or using its resources from home.

Added by Janice Poston on December 9, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments

Management and Discipline videos

Does anyone have any recommendations for a contemporary video displaying/discussing management & discipline issues? The ones I like best are 20+ years old and way too cookbooky, e.g. Lee Canter.

Added by Steve Rose on December 8, 2009 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

teaching secondary methods

How do y'all keep teaching secondary methods fresh for yourselves? I'm finding very little new. The brain-based stuff confirmed good methodology ad does the resarch as does the research synthesis of Rob. Marzano.

Added by Steve Rose on December 8, 2009 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Student Contributor Post: What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell so sweet

The first day of my intensive playwrights class, my professorm- who has a ridiculous resume of achievements- came bounding class, introduced himself and asked us to call him Bob. Not Professor, not even Robert…but Bob. It was interesting to see something as simple as referring to a teacher by their real name created a different atmosphere in the classroom almost immediately. It allowed the students to relate on the same level as him, and to not to feel that this professor- who has done all… Continue

Added by Susan B. on December 8, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments

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