Changing to Webinar-Style Education: Is it possible?

Changing to Webinar-Style Education: Is it possible?

What do we need to do to really connect to this generation of students? How can we inspire them to accomplish and learn without feeling like we need to do it for them? Can we use the new forum of webinars, workshops, and blog articles with condensed and concise information to hold their attention and get them to do more quality work? Just the other day on an education forum with veteran female Marines, one young woman vented about her fellow college students: “Kids are SLEEPING IN THE FIRST ROW! And when one of my professors calls out a kid by name to answer a question and he gave him this stupid look and didn’t even say a word. SAY SOMETHING! Then we had an essay due last night (an easy essay!) and almost the entire class asked for an extension. Which I get when you really need it! But some of these kids said they just didn’t get around to it in time 🤦🏼‍♀️ Plus 90% of the students I come across have NO respect. Y’all, it’s driving me up a wall. I can’t.” Okay, maybe this is an individual circumstance, or maybe it is a generational issue, or maybe it is because the teacher did not set clear expectations. But maybe, just maybe, we teachers need to admit that the old way of doing things is NOT WORKING!!  Let’s consider that maybe we teachers can use the instant gratification and technological advances of this age to improve our delivery rather than complaining that these students just don’t get it. Because they do.  They do get it.  They...
How to Analyze Expository Texts Through the Rhetorical Appeals

How to Analyze Expository Texts Through the Rhetorical Appeals

Downloadable Worksheet Time— Rhetorical Appeals: for analyzing expository texts!! Who else is excited?!? One thing that I promised you is that I would provide worksheets and activities for you to practice college writing at home at least once a week, so here is the first of many. Description of Rhetorical Appeals Activity: This worksheet is meant to give you a beginners knowledge of how to discuss and identify rhetorical appeals in an expository text.  Expository texts are any text that is non-fiction: newspaper articles, informational journals, blogs, magazine articles are just the beginning. Note: At a later time we can discuss how any types of videos or audio recordings can also be analyzed for rhetoric. Activity: Analyze a newspaper article for rhetoric. Objectives: Students will begin to see that any text can be analyzed for rhetoric. Students will have a beginning knowledge of the meaning of ethos, pathos, and logos. Directions: Print out or find a newspaper article that you are interested in. Use the printable to discuss or write the answers to each question one by one.  Know that each question will have an answer and each answer might be challenging to find.  Look beyond the obvious!! Skip any questions that you are really struggling with and come back to them later. After you have completed as many questions as possible, go back to the ones you skipped. One that you might struggle with is this: What does the author want you to do with the information? Most likely, he/she wants you to change your opinion on a subject, describe. Think about some additional questions about the author:...