I read How to Read a Book a year ago in preparation for one the greatest reading events of a graduate student’s life: comprehensive exams. I rarely recommend books because what I find useful, might not resonate with you and reading is an investment that you may not have the time or space for and then what good is the recommendation. Instead I’ll share the list of reading questions I generated from the words of Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren.
One of the biggest challenges of being a TA or instructor is giving feedback. It took me years and a lot of training to be able to give students the feedback they require to improve without exceeding the number of paid hours I worked. By working with a customizable template, I discovered a way to balance my students and my time. Download it, adapt it, and give it a try. Leave a comment to let others know how it worked! Download the Sample Feedback Template
The Student Learning Commons at Simon Fraser University invited me to propose an independent project related to my work as a writing facilitator. So…I went in search of a way to communicate about academic writing that combined both my interests in teaching and video production. I envisioned three possible applications for the vid 1) an intro to undergraduate writing workshops facilitated by the SLC 2) a tool for instructors or TAs to show or share their students and 3) a stand alone resource on the library’s site for students to access along with the university’s many other excellent research/writing resources. I animated the video using Keynote, Mac’s Presentation Software–a simple program that lets you take the average slideshow to the next level. Feel free to share or adapt (and if you’d like the source file, get in touch)!