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Quirrell Points as a Pedagogical Tool?

As I mentioned in Monday’s Pop Quiz, I’ve lately been reading Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s epic fanfic “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality,” in which the author depicts a very interesting pedagogical tool. Very, very minor plot spoilers follow. Stop now if you want to be a total blank slate. So, …

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The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: In which I am thrown into professional development hell.

You’d think I would know better, but I signed up for a two-day professional development in my school district. It was over religion in our schools. I guess my thinking was that I would get some information about different religious groups that make up the population of our school district, …

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Science Education – An Endangered Species?

I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the attacks on science and science education that have been dog-piling on since the sequester began. It is as if everyone has just lost it all at once. What’s going on? Phil Plait does a nice job of detailing the latest …

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Pop Quiz: Final Destination Has a Lot to Answer For

I’m currently in Tokyo on holiday, so this is going to be a really quick Pop Quiz. I’m writing this during pauses in my last-minute packing frenzy, and that got me thinking about travel in terms of school trips. I’ve been on a fair few school trips, both as a …

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Pop Quiz: Teaching life skills?

Happy April Fools’ Day! Or as I usually end up calling it, “Dan, why haven’t you started doing your taxes yet” Day, which admittedly had a bit less of a ring to it, though it does result in (somewhat) fewer intentional deceptions. You’d think I’d be a little more on …

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Pop Quiz: First, we’ll cut education…

Anyone else feel like education gets hit as soon as budgets get tight? Last week, the Chicago public schools announced that they are closing 54 schools in primarily poor African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods. They say it will help deal with a $1 billion deficit and will save over $560 million over the …

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Krzysztof Lubieniecki (1659-1729) - 'The School Teacher'
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Pop Quiz: Who was your worst teacher?

We’ve all had that one teacher. The one we never got along with. The one who gave nothing but busywork. The one who mentally retired early, but kept on teaching for another decade or two. The one that we, each and every day, strive not to become. I’d be willing …

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Pop Quiz – Hey Sir, Are You On Facebook?

“Are you on Facebook?”   Work with teenagers long enough and this question is sure to rear its head. The answer, of course, is always “I’m not cool enough for that” and that’s usually enough to snip the discussion. In fact, most of them are depressingly eager to accept that …

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Pop Quiz: That’s gay, he’s retarded, she’s a slut. Wait, what did I say?!

Spend enough time any average high school and you’re likely to hear more than your fair share of colourful language. If I stand at the door of my class room to keep an eye on corridor behaviour during change of period, I’m almost certain to hear the odd casual swear …

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Pop Quiz: Reptilians Faked the Moon Landing to Cover Up JFK

Over the years that I’ve worked in high school education, I’ve learned many wonderful things from my students. I’ve seen young people suffer horrendous personal tragedies while still remaining focused on their school work. I’ve heard the most incredible life stories from the people I least expected to. I’ve seen …

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