Old retired teachers never quit.

I keep re-imagining how I could have, might have, should have taught. Am I typical of ORT?

For example, an essential lesson for students of communication is the necessity for students to see themselves as others see them.

O would some Power the gift to give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!
(Burns)

In the communication lab, read a poem, sing a lyric, have a conversation, speak on a topic extempore, read from manuscript, etc. Videotape it. Fill out a questionnaire on your reaction to what you see and hear. Have a class fill out the same questionnaire on your performance. Write an essay about the reactions. Have an expert in verbal and nonverbal communication evaluate your video and report the results orally or in writing.

And so it goes, many a night, such waking dreams of work days gone by.

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Published in: on September 26, 2007 at 2:18 pm  Comments Off on Old retired teachers never quit.  
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