Review: The 1995 "Teachies": Best of TRC Videos
by Bill McAllister, Graduate Student Associate, TRC and Department of
The TRC has
accumulated over 100 titles in its video collection, covering all manner
of teaching-related issues. In order to bring more attention to this storehouse
of valuable material, it seemed to me about time to hand out a few (spurious)
Like any self-appointed
film critic, I employ selection standards that embody my own idiosyncratic
criteria. I have placed a premium on tapes that offer practical advice
to teaching assistants and faculty. Additionally, since not all our venues
are acoustically flawless, special attention has been paid to audibility.
Please note that I have made no attempt to be comprehensive: owing to
space restrictions, many excellent titles did not make the list. In general,
videos run a little over one hour.
ladies and gentlemen, are the first 1995 TEACHIE award winners!
AWARD: Managing Your Time, Randy Pausch (January 1995 or August
his pursuit of wasted time, the protagonist shows you how to get the most
bang out of every minute of your workday. Follow along as he blows away
inefficiencies at the office, annihilates obstacles that interrupt research,
and obliterates the minefield of hazards posed by professional relationships.
When the day is over, you'll know how to say "Hasta la vista, baby!"
to squandered hours at work, leaving you more time for real fun.
HEADS" AWARD: Lecturing: Art and Skill, Ed Ayers and Ken
Elzinga (February 1994).
If the thought
of delivering lectures leaves you searching for enlightenment, then consider
the gentle counsel offered here. Sit at the feet of two master teachers
as they dispense pearls of wisdom designed to restore inner harmony. You
will depart from their generous, kind, and wise presence refreshed in
spirit, with renewed dedication to your commission: edifying the next
YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT TEACHING SCIENCE BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK"
AWARD: Teaching Problem Solving Sections, Tom Bensky (August
offering will entice you with a variety of methods to spice up your science
presentations. Topics include the joys of hands-on experience, getting
the most out of your equipment, how grading can actually encourage better
performance, overcoming embarrassment at making mistakes, and using props
to stimulate enjoyment. Even discusses how to remember the names of your
partners in learning. Numerous illustrations and live demonstrations will
further kindle your desire to try something new. Why don't you come up
and see it sometime?
AWARD: Full Spectrum Teaching, Victoria Voytko (January 1993).
look at your class THE SAME! The heart-rending story about one
woman's discovery of the SPECIAL QUALITIES in each of her students.
See how she designs a course of study to maximize everyone's LEARNING
POTENTIAL! You'll be INSPIRED when you see that you can actually
EDUCATE those people on the other side of the podium once you find
out who they ARE!