I’m pleased to welcome you to The TALE Blog – The Teaching-and-Learning Exchange Blog @ Kern CCD, where I’m hoping that our faculty and staff will share their tips on the future of teaching and learning. I want to thank Bob Simpkins, Anthropology Professor and former Academic Senate president of Porterville College, for partnering with me in creating this forum.
– Sonya Christian, Chancellor – California Community Colleges
Former Chancellor – Kern Community College District
About the TALE Blog
The Teaching-and-Learning Exchange (TALE) Blog provides a virtual space for faculty, instructional support staff, former faculty, and others within the Kern Community College District to contribute original blog posts that describe their insights and ideas rooted in their experiences in the classroom or working with our students, their implications for ensuring that learning occurs with intentional outcomes, and their relationship to faculty engagement and innovation, and student success.
The purpose of the blog is the facilitate communication across the district to achieve a greater sense of unity, learn from and about each other, and support each other in our work toward our mission of achieving student success with equity through this collective effort and repository of experiences.
Under the framework of Guided Pathways, Pillar 4 is to ‘ensure learning is happening with intentional outcomes’. This blog will provide a way to support reflecting upon this concept that is available to everyone in the Kern Community College District and is not restricted by the limitations of time and place. Regardless of your schedule, the blog will be here as a repository of your collective experiences and reflections. And the more stories you share, the more effective it will be!
About the Logo
The TALE Blog logo features a silhouette of the Kern Community College District service area in cross-section, as viewed from the south looking north. On the left side is the San Joaquin Valley, and then the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Owens Valley, and the Inyo range. One goal of The TALE Blog is to help draw together this vast area through exchanges and explorations of our mutual experiential landscape. The logo was designed by blog co-creator Robert Simpkins.
Universal Design for Learning – Showcasing Creativity and Embracing Different Learning Styles!
By Karen Oeh As an undergraduate student at San Jose State University in the 90s, a lecture style classroom made it difficult for me to retain information shared by the professor. I used a tape recorder to record lectures and rewrote pages of information in a notebook to strengthen my success as a visual learner. …
Mindfulness, Teaching, and What Matters
By Janet Uresti Over these last few months, I have been spending a lot of time reflecting on my mental and physical health and the time I dedicate to both. Am I on the right track? I truly believe each of us is on this Earth to learn, grow and serve a purpose. Have I…
The Long View of Teaching’s Impact: A Tale of Film School and Pandemic Survival
By Robert Alan Simpkins When I teach my Anthropology classes, I understand that most or all students in those classes will not become Anthropology majors or pursue a career in Anthropology. My hope is that I will give them something through the class that they will remember, and that might shape how they think or…
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