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This three-times a year newsletter is published by the Renton Technical College Library.  If you have any suggestions for topics, please call the library at     (425) 235-2331, or  email  Laura Staley at

The library has over 1300 videos and DVDs covering the RTC curriculum. Want to know if we have anything for your RTC program? Call us at (425) 235-2331.

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Teaching Tips and Tricks


Lesson Planning. Call  #:   371.3028 LESSON 1999p.  This video looks at how lesson plans can improve classroom performance for both teachers and students.  (It defines a lesson plan as a short written document, describing what students need to know before the session begins,  the learning objectives of the lesson, and what will happen in what order during the lesson.)  Presenters look at writing behavioral objectives so they can be easily measured, and designing the learning activities to appeal to different styles of learning. 30 minutes. 


Assigning Effective Homework. Call  #:   371.30281 ASSIGNI 1999e.  Homework should allow students to practice and perfect what they’ve just learned. Effective homework actually frees up time for learning new material in class. This video looks at the Do’s of homework—do give clear and precise instructions on what is due and when, design homework that requires critical thinking, vary the types of homework you give, and occasionally allow options in how students fulfill the assignment, review it quickly so that you can identify problem areas. It also looks at the Don’ts of homework: don’t give it as punishment, because this suggests to students that the work itself isn’t important.  Don’t give excessive homework; respect their time.  29 minutes.


How to Speak. Call  #:   371.396 WINSTON 1997.  This is a recording of a lecture on public speaking.  That could be tedious, but speaker Patrick Winston ably demonstrates the skills he is talking about: how to start speaking, the big four things to remember when designing a lecture,  the use of props and the board and how to finish your presentation.   43 minutes.


Effective Lecturing: Engaging Students. Call  #:   371.396 EFFECT 1996e.  The two programs on this video cover the general principles effective teachers use when lecturing: Pose a question and pause. Ask for student questions. Vary student activities during the lecture. Get students to think. Challenge them intellectually. 56 minutes.  There is a companion video Effective Lecturing: Getting Students Attention, Call  #   371.396 EFFECT 1997L,  which contains two programs on attention-getting teacher behavior and attention-getting content.   An example of attention getting content is this engineering lecture opener: “One bridge fails in the US every day.” These presentations are mildly dated, but the material is still valuable. 57 minutes.


Creative Teaching Methods. Call  #:   371.1 CREATIV 1999t. Includes samples of creative learning methods. Some  involve using games like Bingo, Trivial Pursuit, musical chairs or bowling  to help students review terms or procedures. Others involve hands-on activities:  having groups create bulletin boards to demonstrate concepts, and then teach the concept to the rest of the class.  Modified team teaching is discussed: either having one class work with another class to practice a subject, or having students teach a class—any way they want, as long as the material is taught clearly. They also discuss the  uses of music in non-music classes, and having students make videos to demonstrate procedures. 26 minutes.




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Better Grading


Grading and Reporting Student Learning. Call #:   371.27 GRADING 2000.  An ASCD study kit that looks at a wide variety of grading issues, from such basics as gathering evidence for  and reporting grades, to more complicated issues including grading special needs students and grade inflation. The kit includes a video, study guide, materials to read and discuss, and forms.


Creating Sound  Assessments. Call #:   371.26 CREAT 1994. 64 minutes. A taped workshop by educational assessment guru Richard J. Stiggins.  He discusses: What is a quality assessment?  How do you develop an appropriate assessment for your curriculum?  How do you control for outside influences?  64 minutes.


For other Stiggins workshops, see Assessing Reasoning in the Classroom, Call #   371.26 CLASSR 1994, 69 minutes, and Developing Sound Grading Practices. Call #:   371.271 DEVELOP 1991s VHS.. 67 minutes. 



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