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Benjamin L. Stewart, PhD
  • A Beastly Bark Nov 18, 2016
    I am currently working with sonnets in my composition class and came up with this example today in class:Behind the borrowed house I heard a barkThe scene released a fear in me throughoutThe darkness droned through sounds that lit a sparkI know no...
  • Composition: Unit IV (Poetry) Nov 8, 2016
    Open Courseware pageComposition: Unit IVLimerickWe will develop a limerick (at least one stanza) and read our limerick focusing on rhythm, rhyme, intonation, and stress.  Here are some examples: page 1.TankaWe will develop a tanka (at least o...
  • Thesis Manuscript Template (Video) Nov 7, 2016
    Thesis Manuscript Template by Benjamin Stewart on Scribd
  • Sample Limericks Nov 3, 2016
    Three sample limericks for my composition students...Limerick #1I had to admit to them winningIf not I´m afraid I´d be sinningThe Cardinals had flownA season they´d blownThe Cubs and their fan´s keep a spinning Limeric...
  • Five Ways to Flip the Classroom That Aren't "Personalized" Oct 30, 2016
    I continue my argument (see here, here, and here) against using the term "personalized instruction".  This post was inspired by Franklin´s 5 Ways to Personalize Instruction.1.  Getting to know your students vs. get to know your stu...
  • A Flipped Learning Design For Foreign Language Learners Aug 23, 2016
    AttributionThis semester I am teaching a third-semester composition class for English language teachers in training and the following three classes for university professors: Content and English Language Learning I (CELL I), Content and English La...
  • How can a diagnostic test determine "fossilization"? Aug 23, 2016
     I read today Why do we produce ESL students with fossilized errors and what can we do about it? and had a few thoughts. When I read "fossilized error" (term used in quotation marks), I suppose that Jagasia does not really acce...
  • What is Reflection? Aug 11, 2016
    AttributionTaking any single definition of what the term reflection is will likely be incomplete and will miss the emergent aspects of the human experience.   However, looking at some definitions helps to get started… 1. the act of ref...
  • Student E-Portfolios for Future and Current Teacher Practitioners Jul 28, 2016
    I am working this week in putting ideas together about student e-portfolios (for English language teacher trainers).  Any comments that you might have about student e-portfolios are greatly appreciated!
  • Establishing Expectations Around APA and Plagiarism Jul 22, 2016
    AttributionOn Monday, July 25, 2016, I will be discussing with our academia expectations we have around APA and plagiarism related to academic writing essays throughout the BA in English language teaching program.  The session will be recorde...
  • Flipped Classroom: Intentional vs. Incidental Learning Jul 20, 2016
    After watching OpenFlip Spring 2016 Week Three (noon edition) (#openflip, #flipclass), I quickly began feeling lost at the notion of "intentional content" and it´s relevance in the flipped classroom.  I actually did not disagree with an...
  • An "Argument" for the Traditional Lecture Jul 20, 2016
    An "Argument" for the Traditional LectureGross-Loh (2016) argues (kind of) in Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture? for the traditional lecture and greater training to professors for improving public speaking skills. I have go...
  • What is a Personal Learning Network? Jul 18, 2016
    A personal learning network (or PLN) consists of ideas, materials, and social relationships.  Each of these three elements cannot be described in the absence of the other two.  For example, I cannot talk about Twitter being part of my PL...
  • Intentional vs. Purposeful Learning Jul 18, 2016
    Taking OpenFlip Spring 2016 (#openflip) provided an opportunity to reflect and share my ideas about intentionality and its roles in education. Last night I watched a Netflix documentary about Tony Robbins, I Am Not Your Guru. This morning I listen...
  • Defining MOOCs...if we must Jul 13, 2016
    MOOC DefinitionsThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) published Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide for Policy Makers in Developing Countries (2016) where they define t...
  • Learning within a formal educational context Jul 8, 2016
    The following was a short response to Measurement, Magic, and Balance... In a formal education context, assessment depends a lot on the written and taught curriculum. The syllabus should state what declarative and tacit knowledge is to be expected...
  • Types of Knowledge Within a Personal Learning Network Jul 7, 2016
    Originally posted as a response to Downes's Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful."...a carpenter has an understanding that goes beyond the tools...This, not the tools, makes a carpenter."A carpenter comes to my house and makes claims of her craf...
  • Cooperative Learning to Rid Teaching in Isolation Jul 7, 2016
    I read with great interest Weston's Teaching Problems (And How to Solve Them) - The Paradigm Series and can certainly appreciate issues around teaching (and learning) in isolation being brought to the forefront. The basic argument is a prob...
  • A Connectivist Story About Gratitude Jul 2, 2016
    Below is a story involving my son, which also serves as a text I plan to use for a future composition course where we discuss the differences between academic and creative writing...I talked to Beny on the phone yesterday afternoon as he explained...
  • The Flipped Classroom and Personal Learning Networks Jul 2, 2016
    My final post for #openflip Spring 2016 includes discussing the fourth facet of a flipped classroom: a personal learning network (PLN). Professional learning is to become self-aware of one´s personal learning network in how it contributes to...