Teaching Carnival XVI

How quickly time flies! It’s time for the sixteenth edition of the Teaching Carnival.

Every academic blogger seems caught up in the rigours of term time. Regardless, there’s a wealth of discussion to highlight from across the blogosphere and I’ve attempted to draw my submissions as widely as possible. If there’s something you’d rather not have shared, please contact me and I’ll remove it.

And, now, with no further ado, onto the Teaching Carnival:

Policies and Philosophies

Mommy, Ph.D. asks is it ethical to discuss students in blogs? and continues that discussion. Speaking of ethics, Terminal Degree ponders the ethics of advising students from a previous position.

Random Access Mazar is irked with affirmative action for underperforming white males. FemaleScienceProfessor gets called out by a colleague for too many women at a departmental career fair (not even organized by her, it should be noted).

From The Long Eighteenth Century comes, in Foucault’s own words, just what constitutes student-centred learning? The Little Professor mourns the death of a stereotype.

revisionspiral contemplates revising her late work policy.

The Blogger Special
rhythm & response 101 advises students how to manage blogging assignments. Christopher Conway shares notes from a presentation on blogging and teaching. From Pharyngula, we see some student blogging at work.

Course Prep
Dr. Crazy shares the joys of tinkering with syllabi. (I agree wholeheartedly!) See Jane Compute confesses that she actually enjoys writing exams.

Coping in the Classroom
K8grrl wrestles with opening the door during class time for feminism and her students. Learning Curves creates a playlist problem for teaching probability.

Horace is happy with a class that’s blossoming as they learn it’s not about the right answers, but, rather, asking the right questions. Along these lines, at The Long Eighteenth Century there’s a valuable discussion on what makes a successful discussion.

academicsecret asks how to deal with a clique that won’t stop laughing in class. Terminal Degree shares how she confronted her own disruptive clique.

Horace assesses his initial experience teaching a graduate seminar. From desperation springs brilliance! Timna discovers her students do great things with an off-the-cuff assignment.

Quod She brought Liberalpalooza into the classroom. Hugo Schwyzer highlights the joys of teaching young conservatives.

Let’s Breakout for Groupwork!
Lab Cat frets that she pulled the plug too soon on a technically troublesome group project. Profgrrrrl examines why there’s so much hatred of groupwork. ScienceWoman argues that group work isn’t any better in the real world.

Who wouldn’t sympathize with School.Work.Cook.Knit when it comes to students who resent taking responsibility for their work?

Speaking of Student Work
Earth Wide Moth was happy holding an open gallery of students’ work. What an opportunity: Silver in SF documents teaching the recent U.S. midterm election.

Philosophy Factory wonders what to do when half the students ace the quiz while half disgrace themselves.

All Our Students
YoungFemaleScientist reminds herself that there’s much to value in the stubborn student. academicsecret is frustrated by advisors who stifle, for no good reason, their students’ research interests.

Delight and Instruct asks if this is the funniest student excuse ever?

The Work of Assessment
The devil on Dr. Crazy’s shoulder makes some persuasive arguments against too much grading at one time. Philosophy Factory reports from Grading Jail.

Being There
Dean Dad solicits advice on how best to warn professors of anticipated absences while Terminal Degree reminsces ruefully about her own forced absences as a student and the impression those left on her professors.

Dealing with Dishonesty
Just Tenured comments on her latest and most blatant plagiarizer. Terminal Degree feels irked having to remind students not to falsify their attendance records while also musing on the sorrows of catching some plagiarists.

Learning Curves’ detective work with the funeral home debunks a student’s excuse for missing an exam and I wonder if one student operates in a time-warp? JogAmerica shares a heartfelt “Aaaaaaargh!” upon discovering duplicate poor papers.

Office Hours
JogAmerica gets rightfully annoyed with students who want a personalized homework walkthroughs the night before it’s due. Conversely, Timna shares the joy of student conferences working through annotated bibliographies.

A Delicate Boy reminds us that it’s nice to be needed by our students. And a reminder of why it’s important to pay attention to your students comes when Bardiac and a colleague connect the dots discussing a stressed-out student.

What Did We Learn?
Another Damned Medievalist finds it useful to learn what her students don’t know (and so should you).

The Little Professor confesses that it’s important for both students and professor to learn when to stop in their readings. Speaking of reading, Schenectady Synecdoche outlines how best to read a book.

Textbook Evaluator muses over constructivism and textbook design. Speaking of textbooks, I’m still bemused over our bookstore’s priorities.

In the Profession
FemaleScienceProfessor asks what would a Professorial Facebook look like? A Ianqui in the Village fears her grasp is slipping when it comes to juggling all her work and teaching responsibilities.

See Jane Compute is amused to find herself the respected, resident expert on mentoring. FemaleScienceProfessor dissects recent advice on how to get a job at a Liberal Arts college. Speaking of job-seeking, maximize your marketability with revisionspiral’s tips on classroom observations. Ferule & Fescue talks about her own recent experience at being observed in the classroom.

Schenectady Synecdoche shares the student advising 411. FemaleScienceProfessor rants about the common perception that professors who research don’t teach.

Parting Thoughts

Pilgrim/Heretic wonders if survey students would benefit from explicit warnings about the values of paying attention to history.


That’s all, here but don’t overlook the 93rd Education Carnival that’s also up today! If there’s something you’d like added in the next Teaching Carnival, use del.icio.us tags, technorati tags, the submission form or contact our next host, David Silver.

9 Responses to “Teaching Carnival XVI”

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    Great carnival, Ancarett! Thanks!

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  9. Marilynn Says:

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