Category Archives: Education

Educator vs Teacher

Is there a difference between an educator and a teacher?

I have long debated these terms and tried to determine if there is a real difference between them.

I do call myself an educator on my LinkedIn profile possibly because it sounds more dynamic and aliterate, but I seriously wondered about the difference for a long time.

I probably always will… even a little bit no matter where I go in life.

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Online Classes

How To take An Online Class

One of the most common lines I get from student emails is: “This is my first online class.”

Such a line is usually accompanied by an apology for an error or a misunderstanding.

I actually don’t mind these emails.

To me, it shows that the student is making some sort of effort either to correct something or to get in touch with me or something along those lines. It also shows the commonalities of students trying to figure out an online class. For many students, they are trying to figure out college life in general on top of this strange, new learning format.

I’ve noticed the top student confusions and I have come up with some tips to help with online learning.

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Emailing Professors

How to Email Your College and University Professors

While I am still a graduate student, I teach both online and in the classroom. As a result, I get a lot of emails from students.

Sad to say: some students don’t know how to email politely or they think that they don’t have to worry about their email etiquette with me because I’m “still a student” or “not a real professor.”

Admittedly, some of these emails can be downright funny but some of them are downright rude. While I do not take it personally, I still wonder about such emails.

My overall tip: email professors or instructors, grad student or not, like you were emailing a boss that you hardly know or a potential employer. It is good practice.

So here is a list of things to think about when emailing your professors.

Click the “more” link below for actual tips.

Click the links in this sentence for humor. 🙂

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How To Study For A Music Listening Test

Since grade school, many of us have learned or were taught how to study for the average test. We are taught visual, active, and aural clues, tricks, and tips to learn how to take mostly visual exams.

But…

How do you study for a music listening exam?

For many students, when they encounter their first listening test, they freeze.

Non-music majors might encounter this type of test and music majors DEFINITELY encounter the aural listening test at some point in their life.

I have compiled a list of tricks and tips for the listening exam.

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Professor Field Notes

Many of you in a university environment may have noticed a strange creature: the professor.
It is common for students to be uncertain of how to interact with this strange species.

How To Understand Your Professor

Professor: a strange creature with odd behavior and esoteric language. Their species is one of great variety, ranging from the awesome to the boring to the down-right evil. They are frequently sighted in a classroom or office. Their natural camouflage is wide-ranging to the point where researchers have concluded that their attire is as varied as their personalities.

Many of us will encounter the “professor” in our lifetime.

What do we do with this strange creature called “professor??”

Fear not students! I have complied a field guide to your professor.*

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Another Way To Think About Art

We’ve all heard it: the arts improve test scores. The arts are good for us because they improve our soul and because of blah blah blah.

We’ve all heard the advocacy and I am starting to wonder if we are becoming numb to it.

While I still think that advocacy is important, I would like to take another look at this topic and discuss another reason why the arts are important, especially in schools.

The arts help to prevent crime.

I am not saying that the arts completely eliminate crime or that those involved in the arts will not commit a crime ever. I am saying that the arts help to prevent crime.

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