If you aren’t closely involved with a college student who is far from home, that might seem like a funny topic for a teaching blog. However, that’s not a rhetorical question. Semester after semester, I have my students create a blog. Their first entry includes a short bio and video sharing something they love to… Continue Reading Have you Facetimed your pet lately?
Author Archive | Tracy Russo
All of the above I believe, and in all areas of life. Without the above, I’d still be sitting home or in the Grand Rapids airport, wondering what next. Instead, I made it to my flight on time for a conference presentation–despite Murphy’s Law appearing this morning (as it often does for our students). In… Continue Reading Is success because of grit, luck, preparation, support, or all of the above?
Teaching in higher ed, there are many times when we add requirements or resources to our class, only to wonder later if they are beneficial to the students. Below are some conversations with a freshman that echo my experiences with students over the last few years as they adjust to college expectations. On leaving room… Continue Reading Three takeaways from requirements and resources to promote persistence
Recently a group of pre-service teachers asked me, “Why do we have to learn this?” It was an honest question about digital citizenship and its relationship to our curriculum. At the moment I gave a fairly general response about how much the w… Continue Reading Four reasons to teach students about digital citizenship: Why do we have to learn this?
Even for those of us who enjoy learning new technologies, there are times we resist adding a new tool to our repertoire. Such was my stance towards Interactive White Boards. It’s not that I didn’t understand the potential in using them, but… Continue Reading Three tips to help you get smart about Smart Boards, Smart Notebooks, and Smart Projectors