Why Teaching Makes Me Smile

Why Teaching Makes Me Smile

Right now I am having a particularly nasty bump in my life. Things are very chaotic and I am not sure what will be around the next corner. So suffice it to say I am a feeling a bit overwhelmed and emotionally drained.  Teaching these last few weeks has been difficult. I have been so tired and I have tried to not be cranky at all my students. I am sure I may have accidentally snapped a couple of ti... »

Listening to history by Bill Woodrow

Pop Quiz: Books on Tape = Cheating?

Recently I was sitting in a meeting about a student, who we’ll call Kevin.  In this meeting were Kevin’s parents, the guidance counselor, his case manager, myself and the other teachers who teach him.  Kevin is undergoing a period of work avoidance, which is a relatively common problem.   As we were discussing possible strategies to help him stay on top of his work the English literature tea... »

Creationism, Part 1: It’s a fight over science, not facts.

Creationism, Part 1: It’s a fight over science, not facts.

Last year I became a movie star.  Well in truth, I became an extra in a biblical docudrama exposing evolution and proving the existence of God.  Yes, I was one of the Feckless Four: Professors unable to answer the simple question of, “Give me one piece of evidence for evolution”, asked by A-Little-Man-Off-The-Street (hereafter: ALMOTS). We actually spent hours discussing a lot of evidence for evol... »

A pile of US $100 bills

Graduate Funding: No Easy Answers

On Friday Queereka’s Vince posted this article about the Duke Collective, a group of Duke University graduate students who have decided to pool their funding as a means to collectivize risk and help provide for international students unable to earn additional income by working off-campus. Vince raised a lot of good points in the article, including the fact that many graduate students do not ... »

Queereka Cross-Post: Collectivism at Duke

Queereka Cross-Post: Collectivism at Duke

The following post was written by Vince at Queereka. Read it there or catch the beginning below: The Student Union of Michigan recently published an interview with a group of Duke graduate students that contained the unthinkable in a capitalist system, collectivization of wages. The Duke Collective, as they are known, was dissatisfied with the way that the university handled stipends and so decide... »

A shelf full of books.

Taxonomy tool, no NGSS in Wyoming, higher ed and equality, secular student groups, sex ed, and challenged books: Required Readings, 4.15.14

Developing educational goals and learning objectives for a presentation, course, or curriculum? Take a look at this online Bloom’s Taxonomy tool, which provides outcome verbs, instructional strategies, and assessment questions for each of the six levels of the taxonomy. The National Center for Science Education has an update on the future of science education in Wyoming. On Friday, the state... »

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