Winter hibernation

The semester is almost in the books, though it probably does not feel that way to most of you. If you need something to take your mind off of grading, but not off of teaching, take a look at the Faculty Focus’s top eleven posts from 2011. If you are the sort who does Christmas shopping online in between grading sets of exams, you can check out the ProfHacker holiday gift guide. (It’s ProfHacker; the gifts are a bit … geeky. Not that that’s a bad thing.)

And if you need to unwind for a moment, the CELT office is available. There are still some leftovers from last Thursday’s end-of-semester social.

This is also the end of the first semester of the CELT blog. If you’re interested in measures of success, the blog cleared 1,000 page views, which maybe is a lot for a blog aimed at fairly small audience, or maybe isn’t all that many, considering how much blogospheric activity there is out there.

But the blog has now stored up its acorns and is going into winter mode for a few weeks. It will be back in the second week of January with more CELT news and events and discussion of the art, science, and craft of college teaching.

Be sure to attend Faculty Development Day on January 13. The morning sessions will feature your colleagues discussing best teaching practices. The sessions will all be interactive, so be ready to be engaged and to come away with a few ways to become an even more effective teacher. A plenary session will feature Prof. Michael Bérubé from Penn State, speaking on “Higher Education: The Forty-Year Crisis.”

Bérubé’s voice is an important one in our profession; expect him to be insightful and a bit provocative. (Read his blog archive here.) We will also have a chance to speak with him about some of his academic work; if you’re interested in that, please read this article in Democracy, “The Science Wars Redux.” We’ll discuss one other article, on cognitive disability and moral philosophy, as well; hard copies will be available at various campus locations (watch your email inbox for info). Meanwhile, here you can find him speaking on the same topic.

Until then.

How did the semester go for you, teaching-wise? What would you like CELT to blog about next semester?

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One response to “Winter hibernation

  1. I don’t know if anyone is interested in rekindling the flame of the reading groups lit some years back. If so, I’m reading a very good book now–although it might be viewed as slightly anti-blog. It’s the Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. It offers insights into both how we have changed as thinkers (and teachers) with the coming of the Internet and has, I think, some interesting applications for how our students approach both the material presented to them and the learning process in general.