To They or Not To They

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

My sharing of this video, created by the Baltimore Sun’s John McIntyre, is simply an attempt to gauge how many English teachers and grammarians read this blog. I know you’re out there, and once you watch this you simply won’t be able to keep your fingers from typing in the comment box. Continue reading

“Training” Students to Work Collaboratively: Station Activities for the Classroom

"Training" Students

By Dani Brunet and Preston Becker
English Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Wilmington Campus

The traditional classroom where an instructor stands in front of a group of attentive students is all well and good, but we all realize its limitations. It creates a body of passive students who are trained to believe that learning is a one way process where the instructor passes on her superior knowledge. We can all agree that the best instruction isn’t usually like this.

In this blog post, we are going to talk about a different manner of instruction which we borrowed from the most primary source possible: first grade. A first grade teacher beginning a lesson must get a large group of seven-year-olds on the lesson train before it leaves the station, and keep them from getting off track so that all students are still onboard at the end. These teachers know that you have to involve all of the students in an activity, or it will run off the rails. Continue reading