Cliff Gardner

Monday, April 17, 2006

Professor T-Mac!

This afternoon I accepted a position teaching a “fundamentals of speaking” class during the summer session at Pacific. This is a real, honest-to-God college course that I will be teaching and I’m super excited about it! Here’s the course description:

Fundamentals of Speaking- 3 Credits

The study of communication theory and the preparation and delivery of speeches. Students are expected to give a number of relatively short speeches in front of the class. Emphasis is on the development of speaking skills before an audience. Class will meet June 26--August 4, M - F, 9:00 am--10:30 am.

So ya, basically it is everything I’ve been doing for the past nine years in forensics, but still, I can’t help but be a little nervous—I’ve never really taught before! Still, this is going to be really fun! Yay!


  • Assignment suggestions:
    1) Topic research
    2a) Evidence cutting
    2b) Evidence stapling
    2c) Evidence sorting

    Congrats dude!! You'll do great

    By Blogger truax, at 4:02 PM  

  • I'm proud of you, Professor McCloskey! If I'm able to come up for a quick trip to Oregon this summer, maybe I could give a guest lecture on, oh, how to select ties or something.

    By Anonymous Andrew Swan, at 4:57 PM  

  • Just try not to hit on your students. Kids that age are really impressionable... or so I hear.

    By Blogger The Assassin (burrr), at 5:28 PM  

  • If you want the ultimate method of power teaching, show movies. It doesn't matter what you show. Students love movies. - and they think it's a really good use of their tuition dollars.

    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 6:19 PM  

  • congrats! what a fun summer job. :-)

    By Anonymous Kiyomi B., at 6:28 PM  

  • Oh la la! I feel like I should get you a coffee mug with some tacky phrase on it.

    By Anonymous T-Funny, at 6:45 PM  

  • congratulations t-mizzle. got your msg but didn't have time to respond. HAVE FUN!

    By Blogger Ashley, at 7:51 PM  

  • Congratulations. I am sure you will do a fine I noticed we have a lot of speechie friends in common. LOL.

    By Blogger Speechie, at 8:16 PM  

  • That is so great, I think you will be a great speech teacher, so patient and encouraging!

    By Anonymous caroline, at 8:29 PM  

  • I think you should offer recess every 10 minutes. Oh! Can you teach a music portion of the class too? Class sing-along?

    Nice work, buddy!

    By Anonymous sharl, at 9:13 PM  

  • That is so great, Tom. I hear teachers is good folks.

    By Anonymous zayne, at 11:13 PM  

  • David Sedaris wrote a story once about his first teaching position. He was woefully underqualified (unlike you). So, to prove his authority he would occasionally make a student open or close the door, for no reason at all. He also showed soap opera episodes every day under the guise of learning about plot.

    I think we could all learn a lot from David Sedaris.

    By Blogger Haylie, at 12:23 AM  

  • Tom! I think you are going to do such a great job and really brighten some student's summers! I can't wait to hear more about this : )

    By Blogger Megan, at 9:27 AM  

  • That is pretty cool. I know you will enjoy your first class. A few words of advise...

    1) Make sure you get syllabus copies etc.. done early -- the copy machines always get cranky the day before class starts.

    2) Make sure you are EARLY to campus that day. A normally placid campus will turn into an amazing obstacle course before your first class.

    3) Make sure you have fun with your students. Teaching is kind of like PBS and NPR, entertaining and informative.

    If you'd like to read my general syllabus handout, send me an e-mail... I've found quite a few ways students can be nasty an included the rules against them in this handout..

    By Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory, at 3:50 AM  

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