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Post 8: Given a second chance

This post, the next in my series of 9 x 9 x 25, is about negotiated grading. I am currently involved in a project that uses negotiated grading and feedback for assignments. Essentially, the student hands in the homework and gets back detailed feedback without a grade. They then have the option to improve the paper and hand it back in, or request a grade, a process that involves meeting (in person or virtually) to review the assignment, reflect on […]

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Life is a Balance

9x9x25 Post #8 This week’s post is not really teaching related. It’s about balance. Balancing our work life and home life so that we can bring the best of ourselves to our teaching. Sometimes we get so busy with our teaching; prepping, marking, answering emails, lesson plans, helping students etc. that we don’t take time for ourselves.  I am guilty of doing this. Taking the time to do something that we enjoy and makes us happy, keeps us balanced. I’ve […]

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Go to Class or Study? 9x9x25 Post #7

So, what am I going to reflect on this week? Good Question. Last week, all was fairly quiet in my teaching world. One class spent the week doing review for their test next week. The other class was quiet, but only because it had very poor attendance.  The students were quick to tell me that they had two tests that day and because of that, many of the students were not attending so they could study.  I thanked them for […]

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Post 7: Open Education Ontario Summit

I suppose my next post for 9x9x25 should be about the Open Education Summit I am attending today in Toronto. I think it’s interesting to think about the tension between students and textbooks. When planning our analytics program, we purposefully decided to choose textbooks that were accessible. We could have chosen expensive and fancy books, which of course meant that for one reason or another students probably would not purchase the book. I find this tension about requiring expensive books […]

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Post 6: Sir

This is my next post for 9x9x25. This may be a little disjointed, but that’s how it happened in real life. When I first started teaching, I taught five classes a week and had a mixture of domestic and international students. Things went really well, I enjoyed teaching, and was having a lot of fun. The only thing that drove me crazy was when people called me Sir. I mean, how old did they think I was? Who did I […]

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Blending the Blended – 9x9x25 Challenge #6

This past week I had a student come to me within issue.  Let’s call her “Jane”.  Jane was not going to be able to make class today and wanted to find out what she was going to miss.  Jane’s a good student and I know it was bothering her she wasn’t going to be able to be in class.  I told her that if she had any problems, she could email me an we could either meet or do an […]

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Fostering Intercultural Relationships

The Cornwall campus of St. Lawrence College currently has six visiting scholars from China. Here to shadow and engage with our Supply Change Management team, the scholars – who teach in various capacities at Qingdao Harber Vocational and Technology College in Qingdao, Shandong (link to wikipedia as the english translation of their web page is out of date) – have been fascinated by our teaching methods and styles, and we have had some wonderful discussions about pedagogy and curriculum. I […]

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Gradeless – part 2

My last post was about going gradeless for part of a communications class. The experience was rewarding. Needs tweaking, but valuable.  Here are some further thoughts on the process and results: 1. Having students self-assess does not mean less work. Not for me; certainly not for students. There were complaints – it’s far easier to just accept the mark given than have to go through own work and identify strengths and weaknesses.  2. Students need support. This is time consuming, […]

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Perseverance – 9x9x25 Post #5

It’s hard to believe that this is post #5 for the 9x9x25 challenge.  We are past the halfway point! Since writing (and hence blogging) isn’t my strength, I sometimes find it hard to figure out what to write about. This week I had to look around the other 9x9x25 posts for some inspiration. If you have been reading my other posts, you will know I have been having trouble with one particular class.  In particular, they are very unfocussed.  They […]

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