Here are some great places that I go to for inspiration in my own teachings! I hope you guys find them helpful as well!
I mean, where else do you go for your writing resources? Many schools have writing labs with some great handouts for students to use, but I don’t know a single English or Composition teacher that doesn’t refer their students to OWL Purdue. It just has everything a teacher or student needs to write a paper. The MLA Style Guide is usually where I start, but I’ve used it for APA, formatting, and help with résumés.
Who doesn’t love a good TED Talk? I’ve found that they are an incredibly useful tool to help emphasize a particular argument or point. I’ve used them in classes I’ve taught as well as in some of my previous posts on this website. I like using TED Talks because a lot of times the speaker will be someone the students easily recognize. Students are more likely to listen to a celebrity they look up, especially when said celebrity is giving out life lessons.
I really like this website because it contains several less formal, but still very informative, articles that give relevant tips to the modern teacher. I’ve cited this website in some of my previous posts, but I enjoy browsing through it every once in a while to see what else they have to offer. Although a lot of their articles are for K-12 teachers, some of them are still useful to the college professor as well!
Like the previous source, this website has several articles about education, though this one is more specific to Higher Education. This source first came to me while I was ranting and raving about five paragraph essays, but I’ve found it to be a useful site to continue to explore. I particularly have enjoyed browsing through the “Student Voice” section, not only because I am still a student myself, but because as a professor, I think it is important to see the students’ POV on issues as well.
We were introduced to this website during my Composition Pedagogy class, and I was fascinated to see these ideas we had been discussing in class stated in formalized position statements. Although we only discussed some of the position statements about the classroom itself, it was cool to dig further and see some of the other statements on the website that might help me later on. There’s even a position statement about how to make online portfolios like the one you’re looking at!
What About You?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned these past few months, it’s that teachers learn from each other. I hope my sources are helpful for you on your teaching journeys, and I’d love to hear about some of your favorite sites to use in your teachings!