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July 17, 2010

Great Teachers And Great Ideas

Looking for some inspirational teachers? Want to see how some of the best teachers from some of the best universities in the world connect with their students? If you are.....

...take a look here.http://ctl.stanford.edu/. The Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University has a website brimming with resources and ideas.

Here are just a few of my recommendations....

Take a look here for some talks by faculty members on a range of educationally related topics http://ctl.stanford.edu/AWT/itunes.html

For an overview of how to get as class off to a good start, check out this set of guidelines - http://ctl.stanford.edu/handouts/web/great_beginnings.html.

Here is a set of very useful small group exercises - http://ctl.stanford.edu/handouts/web/small_group_ex.html.

And look at these guidelines for effective teaching - http://ctl.stanford.edu/handouts/web/guidelines.html. They look like something I would write!

There is a wealth of information online. I encourage you to go to the websites of major universities and poke around. I am sure there are lots of resources for any learner.

On an unrelated note, I always urge my students to step out and pursue their passions. I have just recently had the opportunity to pursue one of my longtime passions. I'll be hosting an online radio program. You can hear my voice - and some of my stories about music - at tacoma.fm http://www.tacoma.fm/tfmdjssaturday.php. My program is on from 10pm to 2 am (Pacific Standard time) Saturday evening.

I hope you can listen. Please send me a note and let me know what you think.

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at July 17, 2010 12:37 AM

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