Robert's Teaching Tip of the Day (Tip 1)

Having worked at one of bestest, worldclassest and mostest prestigest universities at the Gold Coast has always inspired me. Well, at least my secret diary.

You can learn a lot from watching how others at Bond University teach, what they say in class and what they say privately. And also what books they use for teaching.

Impressive to me was the use of Thomson books, such as Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 and their unimitable style to transport technology.

With these, our future leaders, thinkers and innovators are perfectly prepared for their future roles (I paraphrase slightly for effect[1]):

Mimi and Suzy are sitting in an office. Suzy is Mimi's supervisor. As supervisor Suzy is supervising Mimi and gives her work. Mimi is grateful that Suzy is giving her work. She is also highly motivated because she wants to make a big career in this big corporation. Maybe if she builds a good web site with FrontPage 200X she will be noticed by Ken, the CEO of the corporation. Maybe he marries her.

Ok, ok, I may have made up this last part. Not sure, though, because I did not read through the book till the end. And I faintly remember having seen pictures of a marriage towards the end when I flipped through. But that could have been another Thomson book, so I might be wrong after all.

The book also has not only theory and many pictures, but also a practical component cleverly overlayed:

Task: The work Mimi asks Suzy to do is research to find out how many one-legged elephants exist in Idiotistan. Mimi is very eager, because she has the right attitude.
Definition: A one-legged elephant is an elephant with one leg.
Exercise: Open your Microsoft Elephant tool, click here and click there and then click as many buttons as you can find. Show your results to your tutor. She will give you a hug.

Students from Bangalore will love you when you use that book. They then can write into their CVs "proficient in Microsoft Elephant 2000". This gives them exactly the edge to get this helpdesk supervisor job back home.

And you do not want to stay between a student and his/her career, or do you?

Robert's Tip

Consider to use Thomson books for your entertainment and the exaltation of students. Later you can build huge book pyramids which you can then burn down in winter for your comfort.

[1] My apologies (actually sympathies) go to Jessica Evans, the author of all Thomson books.

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Sir if only I could go to bond I could see if would be a pleasure to have you as a teacher.

Mudg3 (not verified) | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 12:33


You could teach me English too.

You need a edit function.

Mudg3 (not verified) | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 12:34

Re: spelling

You could teach me English too.

Yeah, we would probably have to start from zero.

rho | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 20:01