Education

Curse of Knowledge

Regarding my previous post on the lack of accessibility of critical thinking information, even Carl Sagan’s Cosmos has this problem. Despite being hailed as supremely understandable for general audiences (both the book and the series), I found that it also posed too many challenges in its basic linguistic accessibility to …

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Education

10 Tips: How Not to Grade

Teachers get swamped several times a year with grading, often under tight deadlines. Based on some recent interactions in my life, here are my top 10 tips (that you shouldn’t follow):   1. Don’t bother assessing students on what you actually taught them. When grading time comes, look for something new …

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Education

Using Data to Find Grading Bias

I love data. A lot. When a close friend was in the hospital, I calculated the exact amount of my free time I dedicated to visiting him each day and put it in a fancy set of charts and graphs. Not for any guilt-tripping purposes, I did this for the …

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Required Readings

Why Are There So Few Women In Science?: Required Reading, 3 October 2013

The New York Times today published a long-form essay by Eileen Pollack entitled Why Are There Still So Few Women In Science? The essay is so interesting and thought-provoking, that I’d like to break with form and suggest this as your only required reading today. What thought did it provoke in …

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