Charlie Smith, who used to teach with us at Kwantlen before he was named editor of The Georgia Straight and made too busy to teach, had the best advice I’ve ever heard for student success.

Charlie’s three simple rules for students were: show up, pay attention and do the work. Do those three, he’d tell students, and you’d pass the course.

In the years I’ve been teaching, I’ve never come across better, more succinct advice for students. So, to mark the start of another year, I’m passing it along.

I also want to pass along a couple of links that will be of value to students. One is this annotated list of valuable software for students, at J-source. There are some great tools there for any students, but particularly for j-students.

The other link is another great gift from Mindy McAdams who, if she isn’t an award-winning teacher, should be. Mindy has taken 15 posts she did under the heading Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency and compiled them as a printable PDF. This is invaluable (and very assignable, for those of us who believe that all j-students need to be firmly grounded in multimedia storytelling).

To wrap up, I hope all j-students and their teachers have an adventure-filled and exciting semester.

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