the red pincushion

musings on learning, living, and sometimes dancing

Some thoughts on teaching with Pinterest [from the archives]

This post was originally published in 2011. Recently, a friend introduced me to Pinterest, an online pinboard tool designed for creating a network of people sharing great ideas, resources, and information. It’s rare that I find a new online tool through my personal network rather than my professional network, so I have been eager to…

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image of hand with writing "it's time to let go..."

Let go (of coverage) [from the archives]

This post was originally published in 2011. I heard it over and over at the CIC Information Fluency in History Education conference: “Let go of coverage,” our presenters and mentors told us. The coverage they were addressing is instructors’ attempts to “cover” the material or the content of a course. Our mentors challenged us to…

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Hearts on a wire

Vulnerability in the classroom [from the archives]

This blog post was originally published in 2011. “vulnerability is not only a condition to be endured, but also to be acknowledged, cherished, and embraced” (Kelchtermans, 2005, p. 999) “No wonder teaching was called an art, the most difficult kind of art in which the final expression depends upon a delicate and dangerous balance between…

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Teaching an online course? 5 things to do at the start of the semester [from the archives]

This blog post was originally published August 22, 2011. I had intended to make another Made from Scratch video before the start of the semester but, well, you know how that goes. Instead, I will share with you 5 things I do at the start of the semester to get my online course started on…

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