Education

Monday August 11….I wish I would have canceled class!

I am about to give everyone a very good indication where I live because I am about to describe my commute to work on Monday evening. This is a prelude to the pop quiz for this Friday. I woke up on Monday morning to a very gloomy sky. I went …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Minimum Technology

If I do not have a mediated classroom with at least a computer in it that is capable of projecting information and pictures on a screen my astronomy lectures are broken. I need the ability to show pictures. I have colleagues who still use slide projectors to show examples of …

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EducationPedagogyPop QuizTechnology

Pop Quiz: Python in the Classroom

*Ha!  Not the snake! This whole post is about computer programming. This past weekend I went to PyOhio the Python programming language conference held in Columbus, Ohio. The conference serves the needs of both beginner and experienced programmers. So there were an array of different types of talks from introductory (“Hello …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Sooo…hungry!!!

A lot of the classes I teach are at night. I mean really at night.  Sometimes I don’t get out of work until after 10 pm.  This means that these classes can start right at the dinner hour or during the long evening hours when people are tired. In an …

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Higher EducationScience

Is it okay to dance with the devil for a good cause – like funding your graduate students?

Summer is conference time for scientists and I just got back from a fantastic one in Australia.  The Great Barrier Reef  science was quite fun and educational.  In between seminars as we are wont to do, we talked funding and how tight things are these days.  One’s chances of getting …

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Introduction to Astronomy Survey

Warning: This post is Northern Hemisphere-centric! Also, keep in mind I did not do an exhaustive statistical analysis of this survey so take it as you wish. Every semester at the beginning of my Introduction to Astronomy course I give a variation of the survey from The Collaboration for Astronomy Education …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Multi-Taskers or Multi-Ignorers

I allow laptops in my classroom.  I do a lot of slides so I figure if they want to annotate them they can either print them out or bring a tablet/laptop to class to do so. I know that those with laptops are sitting there half paying attention and half …

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EducationFeminism

When Sexism is Subtle in Academia

We have a new journal club in our department where we cover lots of papers on topics about science and science education. We’re a pretty diverse group, and so I’m always learning and enjoying the discussions. Recently, we covered a paper called “Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students” …

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Higher Education

Does Parnassus need a funicular?

Hey there Doubters! Remember me? No? What do you mean I’ve been conspicuously absent for months? Ah, well, you see, I’m in the final throes of completing my dissertation. Why yes, that puddle over there does indeed consist entirely of tears, and not the fun kind you harvest from children …

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Pop Quiz: About Pop Quizzes

Assessments. The final frontier (of a grade.) They come in many flavors but the most popular among them are homework, inclass activities, exams, and the quiz. Teachers and students know all these well but the most hated of these is the variant of quiz known as the pop quiz. I do …

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