The One Thing

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Steve Klein wrote a guest post for The Buttry Diary with advice for a new adjunct journalism professor. These slides are part of that post. http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com

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  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----This is Curley from "City Slickers." He tells Billy Crystal about "the one thing" in the movie. Jack Palance won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in the 1991 film.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----The YouTube video behind this slide is 33 seconds long.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----These are the basic instructions I give to each class using THE ONE THING.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----I use Blackboard, but you can use any number of platforms, from Twitter to Google+, Facebook or a wiki.This is the directory from one set of class entry.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----Here's a message thread with one student.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (9/17/11 07:44) -----While I discourage missing class, of course, this is a great way for a student who does miss class to get a sense of what she or he missed.I also encourage students to have at least one "class buddy."
  • The One Thing

    1. 1. The One Thing Steve Klein Professor Emeritus/Journalism George Mason University steve.klein@cox.net
    2. 2. The One Thing/Steve Klein Next class …
    3. 3. The One Thing/Steve Klein … ask your students …
    4. 4. The One Thing/Steve Klein What’s the one thing you remember from your last class?
    5. 5. The One Thing/Steve Klein
    6. 6. The One Thing/Steve Klein
    7. 7. The One Thing/Steve Klein
    8. 8. The One Thing/Steve Klein And that's what each student has to figure out! Just one thing!
    9. 9. The One Thing/Steve Klein If you're familiar with the movie "City Slickers" starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance, you may remember this bit of dialogue:  Jack Palance (Curley): "Do you know what the secret of life is?"  Billy Crystal: "No, what?"  Palance: "One Thing, just one thing. You stick to that and everything else doesn't mean sh*t!"  Crystal: "That's great, but what's the one thing?"  Palance: "That's what you've got to figure out."
    10. 10. The One Thing/Steve Klein The ONE THING has been a signature feature of my teaching method and style at George Mason University. The idea comes from a short scene from the 1991 movie, "City Slickers.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101587/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HU/
    11. 11. The One Thing/Steve Klein For every class, I would hope that each student would learn at least ONE THING worth remembering (OK, so hopefully more!).
    12. 12. The One Thing/Steve Klein Students keep track of the ONE THING by posting each comment in the appropriate class discussion folder.
    13. 13. The One Thing/Steve Klein Each entry should be cleanly written in AP Style and reflect a specific point from the previous class.
    14. 14. The One Thing/Steve Klein Good grammar.
    15. 15. The One Thing/Steve Klein Good punctuation.
    16. 16. The One Thing/Steve Klein Good word choice.
    17. 17. The One Thing/Steve Klein Good sentence structure.
    18. 18. The One Thing/Steve Klein No texting or tweeting style writing.
    19. 19. The One Thing/Steve Klein Just good writing!
    20. 20. The One Thing/Steve Klein
    21. 21. The One Thing/Steve Klein
    22. 22. The One Thing/Steve Klein The exercise is platform agnostic.
    23. 23. The One Thing/Steve Klein I prefer Blackboard's discussion forum because George Mason University prefers that instructors keep correspondence with students within university platforms.
    24. 24. The One Thing/Steve Klein But any discussion forum will do. For example, you could create a Google+ circle for every class, or a wiki, a Facebook page or a Twitter hashtag.
    25. 25. The One Thing/Steve Klein If a student misses class for a legitimate reason, they still monitor the discussion and can make a comment for credit.
    26. 26. The One Thing/Steve Klein I can learn almost as much about a student's writing from a short comment as I can from a full story assignment.
    27. 27. The One Thing/Steve Klein The exercise provides students with consistent feedback and reinforcement throughout the semester.
    28. 28. The One Thing/Steve Klein And the exercise provides the instructor with feedback on what the students are hearing.
    29. 29. The One Thing/Steve Klein Given that students rarely take notes these days, THE ONE THING provides students with an exercise that helps reinforce learning.
    30. 30. The One Thing/Steve Klein

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