I sure did!

I was going to start this week with “too legit to quit”, but the classic just couldn’t be passed up. Make sure to watch the Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” to see some sweet 90’s drama!

Anyway… Just two things.

-Reminder to think about “Keep, Start, Stop”! It’s a great way to to get some honest feedback from your students. Hopefully by now they have an assignment or quiz completed so they have a little bit of footing in your class. This gives you a chance to see what is/isn’t working this term.

It’s pretty easy to set up an anonymous quiz for extra credit points through Canvas. You just have to download the report afterwards to get the responses. These also look great on an annual review! Let me know if you want/need more direction for this.

-Lastly, CTL is putting on a short session through Information Services on how to put quizzes in your videos. Just in case you were worried if they were paying attention or not, or, you know, reward students who ARE actually paying attention.

The sessions are Wed, April 28th from 2-3pm or Thurs, April 29th from 10-11am.

I hope you glide through this week like MC Hammer glides across the stage. (…short little crab-like steps?)

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-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology


Soooo, past due, but better late than… next year?

I made the mistake of trying to go down the road of correctly attributing the title quote, but that’s a quagmire I didn’t want on a Monday morning.

But most commonly attributed to Newton, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Point being, all of my apparent teaching knowledge is only because I’m “borrowing” from others… which they borrowed from others.

I’d say this is more like children in a trench coat, standing on each other to get into an “R” movie.

Anyway, resources!

Did you know the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) does consultations and mentoring? Of course you did!

Think you can multitask? I know you can’t. But try with this podcast on higher ed learning.

A question and resources to ponder:

  • What can we do to create more humanizing, equity-oriented, socially-connected, and politically critical classrooms?
    • Make videos for students (individually or for the group).
    • Be willing to share a little about yourself (especially challenges).
    • Show representations of diverse people in your course content.
    • Ask students what’s missing in a chart, infographic, or data set.
    • Incorporate discussions about current events as they relate to the course topics.
    • Facilitate difficult conversations.
    • Don’t be afraid to REthink critically what we have been doing in the past and encourage students’ critical thinking and generate meaningful discussions.
    • Allow flexibility as much as possible.
    • Be open-minded and keep learning.

Ok, I’m off to do business at my business office.

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-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology

By the wind.

My power was out, internet is still out, and pine needles are covering my yard once more.

But hey, at least we are BACK!

Wait, no, this back!

Things happened, are happening, and will happen

Remi Kalir (Learning in a time of Pandemic podcast) is giving a presentation to CPHHS at 2pm today about the same topic. Zoom link

The Teaching Tech Talk Tuesday… or was it Talking Tech on Teaching Tuesday… or maybe Tuesday Tech Talks on Tuesday… Regardless, Spring’s CTL T4 workshops are starting up. It’s a certificated program if you are involved with a certain number of them. Check it out.

While purpose built for main campus, CTL has a “New to OSU” game for new faculty to get used to the resources that OSU has. While certain things may not apply (like finding specific buildings on main campus) there are a ton of other resources for new faculty there.

Hope everyone is ready for some great weather! (at some point?)

-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology

Leave your body at the door!

Shout out to Ron Reuter for his song request! Ok, he didn’t really request it, and I’m not a DJ, but he was totally thinking it.

Oh, and I’m glad we are on the quarter system, I was tired of taking off my shoes for the last third of a semester. (Get it? I’m bad at counting). I’ll be here all week, tip your waitstaff.

But seriously

As we run through the last modules, set up Q&A session, and allow time for group projects, this relative calm before the grading storm should provide a great time to reflect on this term specifically.

How did it go in general?

Did you use any new techniques to gauge learning or interest?

If so, how did they go? (I typically go back to my “Keep, Start, Stop” comments and evaluate if I actually changed things in a way that addressed concerns)

While it’s fresh in your mind, make changes to course content or make a visible note or instructions for when you can revisit and adjust.

Don’t forget yourself

How did YOU do this term? Always behind, frustrated, unbalanced, or did you stick the landing?

If you have ever talked to and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) you may have heard that the first priority is their own safety. Because, if they get hurt, no one is getting saved. I know, a little less dire for us, but it still applies.

So think of what might make next term/year more balanced or what you might be doing to decompress after grades are submitted.

(I’ve always wondered about the weekly beer consumption between finals week and break…)

-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology


One reason I was attracted to academia was the variability in schedule; Keeping busy by ever-changing topics, revolving classes throughout the year, and guiding students through novel information.

All of this results in an occupied mind (and I need A LOT of “channels” to occupy my mind).

What ceases to amaze me is the deluge of information and activity that accompanies each term. In the ancient past (last term) the busy builds to a crescendo and we long for the sweet release of the inter-term break… Just to be shot out of the cannon into the next.

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