Higher Education

What’s In A Number (Or Letter)?

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my last two semesters of teaching (my first classroom experience after grad school.) I avoid grading. I look upon it with dread and procrastinate as much as possible. But isn’t that normal? Don’t most instructors hate to grade? I realized it most strongly at …

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Higher Education

Professionalism 101: How never to correspond with students

Earlier today libarienne posted a link to this viral post on vitae, in which a number of (purportedly) real, actual, human professors respond to a fictional request for a grade change with all the high-handed, sneering derision they could fit into a few hundred words. Gilliel’s comment basically hits the nail on …

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EducationPedagogyPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Grading, how do I hate thee?

In the past few weeks, we here at School of Doubt have blogged about graded homework, grading writing in science,and academic entitlement. The comments have been interesting, discussing how students expect certain grades just for showing up, how teachers may be lowering their standards due to the sheer pain of …

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Required Readings

Required Readings: Bill Nye won the debate against Ken Ham, or did he? Adjuncts’ working conditions improve – Required Readings

Good morning everyone! Enjoy your Sunday, hope it’s not too cold for you, but just so you know, I’m basking in tropical sunlight! Bill Nye Ken Ham Debate In Depth Recap Synopsis and Who Won – but do creationists actually think Bill Nye won? Clash over worldviews – I doubt …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 11 July 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! I am reaching out to you via TIME TRAVEL! Actually, I wrote this post 3 days ago, in anticipation of me traveling and not having an opportunity to update today. I am in London at the moment, hoping that my toddler will adjust quickly to …

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