Communicating science

Communicating science

This morning, the main site’s quickies had a link to how science stories are often illustrated with some attention grabbers that misrepresent the actual content of the study being described.  This reminded me of an incident when a new faculty member in our Communication department was introducing herself to the faculty at our school and managed to stuff her whole foot in her mouth by saying ... »

Pen and doodle

Burning out, school as refuge, religious mentoring, sticky teaching, overdone science PR, and special education assistance: Required Readings, 12.14.14

Welcome to another week of Required Readings! Burning up the Internet this week has been the repost of a 2013 blog column from a former teacher entitled “The day I knew for sure I was burned out.” I daresay she was not the first person whose final straw involved a malfunctioning and antiquated piece of equipment. For students in the poorest neighborhood in New York City, one school has... »

The ones we’re in it for

The ones we’re in it for

One of my regular courses is that notoriously difficult course that’s required by several different programs for completion and has all sorts of rumors swirling about it about how hard it is and how evil I am etc.  The course is intended to ensure students have proficient problem solving skills and mastery of the scientific method before they do complete their programs as well as some basic ... »

Pearl Harbor resources, #FergusonSyllabus, Nature public access, athletics, and the worst U.S. college: Required Readings, 12.07.14

Pearl Harbor resources, #FergusonSyllabus, Nature public access, athletics, and the worst U.S. college: Required Readings, 12.07.14

In honor of today’s anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Required Readings begins with a collection of primary source materials from the Education Department at the National World War II Museum. The site also includes lesson plans and other teaching resources, examples of student projects, virtual exhibits, and materials on science and technology. Although targeted at academic librari... »

Keeping high standards when you are a sucker for a sob story

Keeping high standards when you are a sucker for a sob story

Yesterday Apostrophobia wrote about one of her regular courses that is designed to be challenging and build problem solving skills.  She talked about the journey students take as they go through the course particularly one student who saw the value of the course and went the extra mile to not only pass, but to master the content. I think that as teachers we know the courses that are difficult for ... »

Classroom of student from the late 1800's

The academic “year”

Schooling in many places occurs during the colder winter months due to the need for the children of farmers to work during the summers. K-12 schools provide 180 days of teaching with the summer off as a result.  Colleges and universities follow a roughly similar schedule, but offer classes over semesters, trimesters, or quarters.  There may be summer school or a summer term at many schools as well... »

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