Review: The 1995 "Teachies" (Part Two): Best of TRC Videos
McAllister, Graduate Student Associate, TRC and Department of History
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.
1995 issue of Teaching Concerns describes five of my top picks. Here then,
ladies and gentlemen, are the rest of the 1995 TEACHIE award winners!
SCOUT" AWARD: Teaching the First Days of Class, Vanessa
Karahalios (August 1994).
prepared" is your motto (or you'd like it to be), this flick is for
you. Find out everything you ought to do at the start of the semester
to ensure smooth sailing throughout. Whether you're teaching a large class
or small, this classic can show you how to earn a "good teaching"
merit badge from your students. (Also see Cone & Gardner, August 1995.)
THE TOP" AWARD: When Silence Is Not Golden: Facilitating Classroom
Discussions, Bill McAllister (August 1994).
on this wacky, roller-coaster ride through the unpredictable world of
discussion sections. Practical tips delivered in an excessively enthusiastic
style. Not recommended for those with an aversion to humorous presentations.
If you're in the mood for something less peripatetic, try Michael Smith's
Leading Discussion Sections in Humanities and Social Sciences (August
1995) for a more sedate rendering of the same topic.
TO KNOW YOU" AWARD: Hints for International TAs: Communicating
with American Students, Linda Krag (August 1991).
Do you ever
find the behavior of American students puzzling? Can't figure out why
encounters with them sometimes feel awkward? Follow this international
team of detectives as they unravel the mystery. Discover what expectations
American students bring to class and what they want from you. Native-born
teachers are likely to find instructive revelations here as well.
TIDE" AWARD: Writing to Learn, Chris Carlsmith (January
the subversive idea that students can actually improve their writing by
practicing regularly. This revolutionary manifesto provides the principles,
applicable to any discipline, for insinuating writing into all aspects
of your classroom instruction. Best of all, most students won't even realize
what you're doing!
yet been reviewed by Mr. McAllister, but tapes of all sessions presented
at the August Teaching Workshop (August 28-29, 1995) are now available for