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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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Pop Quiz: Tickets Please

I have a secret weapon and it is called an exit ticket.  If you are not familiar with this it is a small piece of paper or an index card and as a student is leaving they have to hand it to you.  What is on the paper?  Well it …

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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: Simple Elegant Solutions

Sometimes I am amazed at how long it takes for me to figure something out.  Complexity is not necessarily a factor except maybe as an inverse one.  Complex problems are puzzles to which I will devote a great deal of time, but the little things might take a while.  For …

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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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Pop Quiz: Repeating a Grade

When I was going through school there were a few students who were left back and had to repeat a grade.  This practice has gone out of favor in the school district where I teach.  This of course causes a lot of grumbling around the teacher’s lounge.  The problem as …

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Pop Quiz: Books on Tape = Cheating?

Recently I was sitting in a meeting about a student, who we’ll call Kevin.  In this meeting were Kevin’s parents, the guidance counselor, his case manager, myself and the other teachers who teach him.  Kevin is undergoing a period of work avoidance, which is a relatively common problem.   As we …

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Pop Quiz: Study Time!

  Why don’t students ever study enough?  Teachers have been asking this question probably since teaching was invented. I teach college classes across a range of levels and purposes.  Some classes are for non-science majors that they take for general education requirements.  Some are upper level service courses required by …

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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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