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Pop Quiz: Learner Centered In Large Classes

Normally, I teach a smaller sized class of anywhere from 27 -35 students. This summer I managed to get a larger lecture class on the order of 80 -100 students. No biggie right? I just have more papers to grade and more copies of homework and exams to get. Well …

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Pop Quiz: Advice To The Would Be’s

What do you want to be when you grow up? A simple question that adults ask young children. Some children want to be a fireman or a chef. Some will tell you they want to be (insert latest movie hero here) and some will say a teacher. When I was …

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Student Astounded: Teacher Does Not Get Summer Break!!

This post should have a tag on it called JoDee’s Tiny Rants. Before the end of the semester I had a student ask me in passing what I was going to be doing with my free time this summer. I told him (with a tiny laugh) that I would be …

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Pop Quiz: Keeping Green in the Classroom

This is going to be a short pop quiz even though the subject is far from small.   Being environmentally friendly is important nowadays. There are lots of people trying to create green living spaces and green cities by reducing waste and using products that do not crapify (technical term) …

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Pop Quiz: Graded Homework.. Why Bother?

Last week (for me) was the most wonderful time of the year, the end of a semester. As most instructors can understand, it is also one of the busiest times of the year with the influx of paper grading. So as I was grading the piles upon piles of papers, …

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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 …

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Pop Quiz: Play Ball!?!

In the news around my viewing area a University sports team is trying to make it legal to pay their players and unionize their teams.  I guess the plan would be that the University sports department would no longer support the students tuition or lodging.  Instead, they would make the …

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Pop Quiz: The Interrupting Student

Lecture begins and notebooks are open with pens standing by for the inevitable. Focus starts to occur for both me and my students as I lull them into learning by listening to the intricate web that is the Black Hole. As I expound about what it means for something to …

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Streams of Consciousness: Science Olympiad

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being an event supervisor at one of the regional sections of the Science Olympiad here in the Midwest for the second year in a row. If you are not familiar with this competition it is for K-12 (this one was just middle …

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Pop Quiz: Tapas Lectures! Little Bites But Many Portions

This semester I am teaching the worlds most frustrating astronomy college class. It is not the topic that bothers me, nor is it the students. It is not the inadequate book that we use (close second), or the people I work with. Nope. It is none of these things. So …

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