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Those who can teach, those who can’t teach in college

That’s of course an entirely unfair overgeneralisation, but I guess I have your attention now, right? I recently took part in a scientific conference on the latest research in Spanish (more about the content in a different post) and what struck me was the bad quality of some of presentations done by people who are top notch research professors in their colleges. It is something I’ve se... »

Jihadist students, porn in sex ed, black life at UVA, the Bar, and more: Required Readings, 03.22.15

Jihadist students, porn in sex ed, black life at UVA, the Bar, and more: Required Readings, 03.22.15

Welcome to the first Required Readings of spring (or autumn, for our colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere)! A German instructor discusses her new book about why Western students join jihadist groups. A Danish professor recommends that porn be shown and discussed in sex education courses, a Brit thinks schoolboys should tell girls what attracts them to stem female anxiety over weight, and U.S. med... »

Tackling Science Project Turmoil

Tackling Science Project Turmoil

Science Fairs can sometimes get a bad rap. As a recent viral image illustrates, these school projects are often met with dread by students, families, and yes – even teachers. But I’d like to propose that science projects – done properly – are a valuable tool in teaching children how to think more clearly and critically. And I’ve got a few tips to help you solve some of the tricki... »

What’s In A Number (Or Letter)?

What’s In A Number (Or Letter)?

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my last two semesters of teaching (my first classroom experience after grad school.) I avoid grading. I look upon it with dread and procrastinate as much as possible. But isn’t that normal? Don’t most instructors hate to grade? I realized it most strongly at the very end of last semester. I was finishing the final projects and the final exams an... »

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Teaching Topless

I’d like to share a really nice presentation below by Valerie Otero, professor of science education, and Edd Taylor, assistant professor of math education, both with the University of Colorado at Boulder. And then I’ll bother you with some thoughts about it.   The unifying theme here is the pyramid presented by Otero starting at about the 5-minute mark. At the top of this pyramid ... »

A display of several colourful hats

The Wearing of the Hats

Hello there! Nice to meet you. Is your life as busy as mine? During a normal day I can take on all the roles we encounter in our lives as teachers. I may be the student who struggles with what she perceives as unfair demands of a teacher. Or who simply would like to finish her very interesting book instead of paying attention to class, thank you very much. I am, every day, the parent who deals wit... »

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