Higher EducationPedagogy

“Syllabus Day” Happens for a Reason

It’s Back-to-School season again, also known to educators as time for classroom-management think pieces, syllabus guides, curricular critiques, and ritual lamentations for summer to make their yearly rounds on social media. Popular among my colleagues this year has been this critique of the phenomenon of “Syllabus Day” by Kevin Gannon, in …

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Pedagogy

Grading Traditions

  For my first eleven years as a teacher, I used rubrics to assign grades, and would give a student a 0 for not turning in work. But this past year, I realized a 0 disproportionately punishes students compared to earning a 100. In my school, we give students numerical …

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Required Readings

Transgender students, serious academics, USMLE Step 2, integrative learning, and more: Required Readings, 08.08.16

The “good Pope” believes that schools are teaching children that they can choose their gender. ‘The pope blamed what he called “ideological colonising” backed by “very influential countries,” which he did not identify.’ Seriously, a Pope is complaining about ideological colonization via schools? Has the man ever picked up a …

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Required Readings

Lecture-free college courses, social media publishing, climate brainwashing, bad timing in Texas, and more: Required Readings, 07.29.16

Losing the lecture in higher education: Innovation or problematic pedagogy? The role of social media in scholarly publishing Oklahoma’s Sen. Jim Inhofe is spitting mad that his granddaughter was “brainwashed” at public school to believe that climate change is real. For those not aware, Sen. Inhofe happens to be the chair …

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Pedagogy

Defending Bloom

Some of the most cited criticisms against Bloom’s taxonomy were written by Brenda Sugrue, PhD. She presents three main criticisms and two alternatives to Bloom. However, her criticisms are problematic. Sugrue’s first criticism is that Bloom’s taxonomy is invalid, citing that it is almost 50 years old (at the time …

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Pedagogy

To Bloom or Not to Bloom

It’s something that almost all teachers learn at some point in their training. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Bloom’s taxonomy is a system of organizing educational objectives into a hierarchical model based on their complexity. The basic premise is that some kinds of learning are different …

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Exclusion, Segregation, Integration, Inclusion
EducationPedagogySecondary EducationSpecial EducationUncategorized

Competing needs

Author’s note: I’m sorry this got posted in an unfinished version. I swear I’d finished it, but somehow my last additions got lost and an unfinished but saved version got posted.   I’m a big fan of inclusion as a principle in school. If you’re not familiar with the concepts, …

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Refugees Welcome
EducationPedagogy

Racism is easy, Integration is hard

You may have heard that the European Union is currently being overrun by Syrian refugees. Like, a full million of them. Just to give you a sense of proportion, as little as 508 million EU citizens have to cope with as many refugees as all those 4,7 million citizens of the Lebanon! Imagine …

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Red rose
CultureEducationPedagogy

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Names can say a lot about us. Even though our parents did not choose for us the way J.K. Rowling did for her characters (you could think that the parents of Remus Lupin were asking for their child to be bitten by a werewolf), they still had their reasons for …

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Empty lecture auditorium at UC Berkeley
Higher Education

On the Market VI: Excellence in Teaching and Student Evaluations

This year’s academic job application season is drawing to a close, and, as ever, I find the compilation of the last few packets to be tinged with the kind of grim urgency that accompanies the knowledge that all of the searches I applied to earlier in the year have already …

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