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Community Standards: Five Ways to Join the Conversation

  1. Offer your take on the anchor texts. So you’ve read the anchor texts — bully for you! Tell us what you think the author is really getting at, perhaps another way of looking at the topic to help round out our discussion.
  2. Connect to what’s happening in your classroom. One of our main goals is to use this space to share our classroom experiences — all of them. This way, we can we can identify trends and figure out how to address them, together. We want to hear your successes, yes, but we also want to hear what didn’t quite work (yet), or what worked with one class but not another. We want to hear about experiments, flukes, one-offs, struggles, and mistakes, too; we want to celebrate your triumphs with you and help you puzzle through the things that keep you up at night.
  3. Ask questions. We’re all teachers here, so I don’t need to belabor how important it is to ask questions, but I will because that’s what teachers do. Hans-Georg Gadamer writes, “The essence of the question is the opening up, and keeping open, of possibilities.” Good questions are better than easy answers; they are places of possibility that help us learn and grow.
  4. Connect to outside texts that others might find useful. We know you know a lot, you know? Help us grow our reading lists!
  5. Share posts, give kudos, and invite colleagues to join in. Our community of practice is multi-modal, incorporating face-to-face discussions and electronic exploration of ideas. Not everyone is comfortable in every format, but we can create synergy by encouraging each other to engage.

  • Community Standards: Five Ways to Join the Conversation

    July 3, 2019 by

    You’re here! Hooray! Not sure how to begin? Read our tips on joining the conversation. Share posts, give kudos, and invite colleagues to join in. Our community of practice is multi-modal, incorporating face-to-face discussions and electronic exploration of ideas. Not everyone is comfortable in every format, but we can create synergy by encouraging each other… Read more

  • Choosing Inclusive and Empowering Texts — Part II

    November 9, 2020 by

    This is Part 2 of a post on choosing inclusive and empowering texts. See the first post here. In “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” Lesbian Chicanx writer, Gloria Anzaldua, shares her personal experience with reading LGBTQ+ Chicanx writers for the first time: “In the 1960s, I read my first Chicano novel. It was City… Read more

  • Choosing Inclusive and Empowering Texts — Part I

    November 3, 2020 by

    In thinking about antiracist practices, as a white professor, before I work through my thoughts on choosing antiracist texts (which I hope will be helpful to you), I first need to acknowledge and credit the Black and Latinx thinkers who have informed this process for me.  First, I need to talk about the framework I… Read more

  • Anti-Racist Teaching Practices – Part 2

    October 14, 2020 by

    This is Part 2 of a post on anti-racist teaching practices. See the first post here. My three friends and colleagues Dr. Kelly Douglass, Dr. Jan Andres, and Carolyn Rosales were gracious and brave enough to partner with me on this important venture. Here are their wonderful and powerful contributions to the blog. Dr. Kelly… Read more

  • Anti-Racist Teaching Practices – Blog Part 1

    October 7, 2020 by

    My grandparents were both born in the 1920’s South where racism ran and currently still runs rampant in the streets and institutions of what is falsely called “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” And yet here we are, in 2020, still talking about racism in America.  I do not have… Read more

  • Student Voices Impacting Change

    September 8, 2020 by

    By: Professors Dan Hogan, Miguel Reid, and Monique Greene The community college system has played a monumental role over the last century in helping students in higher education to bridge their education to future career choices. Although there are foundational structures that support the students’ experiences, there is still a need to truly identify which… Read more

  • A Message from Dean Woods

    August 21, 2020 by

    Greetings Everyone, It is an honor to have been asked to write the first post of the 2020/2021 post for your Community of Practice Blog.  Nevertheless, at this particular time, this request has weighed heavily on me as I am not inclined to say something uplifting, motivational and cheery.  Coupled with writing for an audience… Read more

  • How Do I Do This All at Once?

    May 7, 2020 by

    A Starting Point We have learned so much together over the course of our community of practice sessions this year.  Thank you to all of you!  I’ve gotten a wealth of ideas, food for thought, and books to read from this work—and then, of course, oh yeah, Covid and learning to teach online—literally all at… Read more

  • Managing the Grading Caseload…During a Pandemic

    April 9, 2020 by

    Would you be surprised if I told you I had a hard time sitting down to write this blog post? Grading, or even just talking about grading, is not really at the top of my list right now. But, even in the best of scenarios – wearing real pants, drinking nice coffee, in a clean… Read more

  • Take Care and Pace Yourself: This Is the Long Game

    March 17, 2020 by

    Thanks to everyone for doing such a great job in the transition to Canvas. The past few days have demanded extra professional lifting from all of us under stressful and uncertain conditions. It’s been no small thing to get going. Great job! An extra special shout-out of appreciation for those of you who were already… Read more

  • Help With Canvas: A Thread

    March 11, 2020 by

    Questions about using Canvas? Post in the comments below! And if you’re reading can answer someone else’s question, please don’t hesitate to respond! Handouts for Students Articles About Teaching Online Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption Teaching in the Context of COVID-19 So… Read more

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