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Pop QuizRequired Readings

Education in 2015, the Jesuit brand, textbook troubles, tiny terrorists, and social media: Required Readings, 1.5.15

The end of a calendar year brings with it an abundance of compiled lists by various and sundry experts: best nonfiction, top newsmakers, scariest graphs about climate change, most successful new restaurants. As such, Required Readings doesn’t want you to miss these education stories to watch, 15 education predictions for …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: They All Float Down Here

This week I might have accidentally made a pupil have a nervous breakdown.   It was near the end of a period with one of my younger classes and they had completed all of their work. We’d been reading a novel which features characters who play various pranks on each …

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AtheismHigher EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Email propriety part eleventy one

Like most teachers and professors, I have received many an email from a student that employs a less than professional tone.  (Let’s be real here, I’ve gotten emails that are train wrecks of bad spelling, grammar, use of text speak, incomprehensible content, etc., occasionally all at once…) I also have …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Deadlines

This pop quiz is apropos because it is about deadlines and I am late with posting this post. One of the things that I try to do in my class is to make the consequences for failing to meet deadlines based in reality.  When you work at a job and …

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Higher EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Why college?

In Jennifer’s latest pop quiz, she asks which level of teacher, elementary, high school, or college, has the toughest job, using a set of e-cards as her inspiration.  She mentions the joys of dealing with younger children offset by their leakiness, and the woes of surly and hormonal adolescence but …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Student Privacy In Public Schools

A high school finds a teens diary.  The principal reads it.  In it she discusses marijuana and possible use.  No drug is found on the student or in her locker yet they suspend her.  This is not a joke this happened in a Missouri school toward the end of the …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: College Teachers always the Bridesmaid

I have seen this series of e-cards posted to the right around the interwebs for a while, and it has always stuck in the back of my head for a number of reasons.  The first is I like how it evens out.  There is this weird notion in some people’s …

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EducationHigher EducationPedagogyPop QuizScience

Pop Quiz: The Horror of Math

The bulk of the classes I teach are general science courses that are not math heavy. Even though these courses do not rely on math like a Physics class would there is still a small math component to each course. I am really not sure how to do science without …

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AtheismEducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Liberty and Justice for All

Yesterday Librarienne posted a link in the Tuesday Required Readings about the American Humanist Association launching a campaign to encourage people to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance until the phrase “under God” is removed.  This is a purely academic issue for the vast majority of American citizens.  Beyond school …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Amenities

At the women’s college where I work, we have a gym, but it’s about a quarter to half the size of the gyms I had used at any other school I’ve worked at or gone to.  The hours are also extremely limited.  Part of that is the college is mostly …

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