Teaching Exchange: Introduction and Welcome

Nick Carbone, Teaching Exchange EditorNick Carbone, Teaching Exchange Editor
Home Page: http://lamar.colostate.edu/~ncarbone/
Email: ncarbone@lamar.colostate.edu

With this section, I don't feel like an editor so much as I feel like an explorer who gets a first peek at some of the ways teachers make their classrooms come alive. The pleasure of teaching is the pleasure of experiment, discovery, reflection, and appreciation. Our syllabi and ideas, often informed by equal parts theory and prior practice, begin as propositions in learning, experiments we want to pursue with our students. Along the way, as the course proceeds, we discover with our students' help what works, what we must amend, and what we must suspend. When we reflect on the experiment (or experience, if you prefer), we grant ourselves the gift of perspective. Reflection is a chance to both savor and revise, to regret and rejoice, to rest and plan anew. But the best part of reflection, it seems to me, are those moments that allow us to appreciate how lucky we are to be teaching, to have students with whom we can share ideas and from whom we can learn.

This section seeks to celebrate what we appreciate by letting us share with one another those things that worked well and to talk about as well those things that didn't go as planned. In this exchange, we'll make room for lesson plans, assignment ideas, classroom narratives, teachers' stories, and other types of artifacts and lore.

Our inauguration begins with three lesson plans that teachers use to celebrate the learning in their courses, a Web site that helps students learn by playing, and a smart observation about the value of synchronous discussions for online learning.

Publication Information: Carbone, Nick. (2000). Teaching Exchange: Introduction and Welcome. Academic.Writing. https://wac.colostate.edu/aw/teaching/teaching1.htm
Publication Date: March 26, 2000


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