Professor Labs Podcast
Episode 22 — How to Write a “Good” Paragraph

Episode 22 — How to Write a “Good” Paragraph

April 5, 2020

What the heck is a "good" paragraph? Is this even a "good" question? Join us this week as we discuss the challenges and triumphs of how in the world to approach writing paragraphs in all types of works.

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Episode Links:

Purdue OWL website on Topic Sentences

Purdue OWL website on Body Paragraphs

Purdue OWL website on Paragraphing

Episode 21 — How to Work From Home During Coronavirus

Episode 21 — How to Work From Home During Coronavirus

March 29, 2020

Still adjusting to doing a day's work from the "comfort" of your own home? Whether you're a student, teacher, or any other professional, this shift is proving to be a challenge for everyone. Join us this week as we discuss some lessons about how to balance personal and professional life as we work to navigate these unique times.

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Article about how to best work from home!

Episode 20 — Why Outlines Suck (but Shouldn’t)

Episode 20 — Why Outlines Suck (but Shouldn’t)

March 25, 2020

Raise your hand if you hated doing outlines in high school? Okay, you can all put your hands down now. The real question is why have so many of us had such similarly horrible experiences planning out our thoughts? Join us this week as we clarify how to "do" outlines right--focusing on organizing one's ideas and analysis in a way that makes your job a heck of a lot easier in the long run!

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Researched Argument Outline Template

Reverse Outline Template

Episode 19 — How to Refine Your B.S. Meter

Episode 19 — How to Refine Your B.S. Meter

March 19, 2020

With no shortage of sources to pick and choose what information you want to believe, how do we assess what's "good" information versus "bad"? Are these even the "right" terms? Join us this week as we discuss the critical value of working through how to refine your "bullshit" meter in this day and age of endless information.

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Episode Links:

Valid Sources Worksheet

Research Studies

Episode 18 — Corona Effect: How to Switch to Online Teaching and Learning

Episode 18 — Corona Effect: How to Switch to Online Teaching and Learning

March 11, 2020

How will the coronavirus impact teachers and students? Join us this week as we discuss the challenges--and opportunities--of switching mid-semester from in-person to online classes.

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Episode 17 — Why Grading Paper Drafts is Pointless

Episode 17 — Why Grading Paper Drafts is Pointless

March 7, 2020

Why is grading paper drafts pointless? Join us this week as we discuss a much better method of working with student writing than simply submitting and getting back vague, often confusing comments.

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Episode 16 — Apocalypse Bunker

Episode 16 — Apocalypse Bunker

February 19, 2020

Who would you choose to join you in your Apocalypse Bunker? Join us this week as we discuss the art of argumentation in the face of so many options, perspectives, and of course, zombies!

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Episode 15 — Why Writing is Good for Your Soul

Episode 15 — Why Writing is Good for Your Soul

February 5, 2020

Writing isn't just good for you--it has the power to help improve your health and wellness in unimaginable ways. Join us this week as we discuss how writing--in college and beyond--offers life-long benefits that are well-worth exploring.

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Episode 14 — How to Find Motivation

Episode 14 — How to Find Motivation

January 21, 2020

How does one find motivation? Easier said than done, surely. So how can we discover--and then work towards--our goals amidst massive personal and societal pressures around us? Join us this week as we discuss the role of educators as "motivators" for their students.

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Episode 13 — How to Kill a Fantasy Series

Episode 13 — How to Kill a Fantasy Series

January 1, 2020

Game of Thrones. The Rise of Skywalker. How many fantasy series have to crash and burn before we learn how to maintain good storytelling? Join us this week as we discuss why things went so wrong with the writing of these series--as well as how to avoid such literary pitfalls in future storytelling.

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