(1) Record Keeping
Teachers have a professional responsibility to monitor, record and communicate student progress. Many schools and districts have adopted networked grading systems, and some publish grades on secure websites.
For this assignment, I used the Engrade to practice managing the grades from a hypothetical intro to linguistics class. I have uploaded a printout as a jpeg for viewing below. I have also placed a screen capture of the grades in Engrade.
The ease of information access can accelerate the learning process, but it can also be counter-productive by facilitating plagiarism. Discuss the importance of intellectual honesty with your students and illustrate how you can easily identify work plagiarized from sites on the Internet.
I used Turnitin.com to test a fake document made up text from a number of websites. Below are the results of the experiment:
Teachers must regularly assess student progress. Many textbook publishers make test construction easier by providing test generators, software which allows the teacher to quickly compose tests and keys from question databases. Test generators allow the teacher to input questions, and often provide databases of questions the teacher can select from.
I made a study guide for a phonology class on Quizlet. The flashcards can be seen below:
Students benefit when teachers clearly state their expectations in written form. When these expectations are available on the Internet, all students and parents can benefit, particularly students who have been absent. A variety of commercial resources exist with which teachers can post calendars, homework assignments, and other important documents.
For this assignment I created a schedule for assignments due for a Intro to Linguistics short course that runs from 4/30/13-6/25/13. The homework, quizzes, research paper, presentations, and final exam are listed in the google calendar on the Assignments page that I created (a sub page of this page).
Teachers should model "life-long learning" by attending workshops, reading journals, and participating in professional organizations.
On April, 12, 2013, I visited San Diego Mesa College for their 10th annual Languages Conference. This was an interesting and valuable program because the presentations covered both theoretical issues of teaching languages, but also pedagogical approaches to motivate students. The conference is given by the Languages Department at the San Diego Mesa Community College.
Also, annually there is a conference held at Cal State Los Angeles on Mesoamerican studies. I have attended in the past but I was not able to attend this year. This is a great conference that brings scholar from a number of fields, from all over the world to present their latest research.
Most schools and districts advertise job openings on the Internet. Teachers should use such resources not only to find employment for themselves, but also to attract others to their schools and thus build strong departments.
Using the SoCal HERC website (Southern California Higher Education Research Consortium).
Two Jobs that I will qualify (once I've finished my Ph.D.):