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The Great Didactic: Who’s Fault is it? Teachers Fault (kind of)

Chapter 5: The seeds of these three (learning, virtue, and piety) are naturally implanted in us. Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy …

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EducationPedagogy

The Great Didactic: Chapters 1-4 Dear God, Its me John

Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the original texts.  One of my summer goals is to sprinkle a …

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Pop Quiz: Students and Social Media

Recently I received a friend request from a former student on Facebook.  This was actually the second friend request that I received from this former student.  The first time he tried to friend me was right after he finished my class.  I denied that request and sent a message back …

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The Great Didactic: Greetings to the Reader

Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the original texts.  One of my summer goals is to sprinkle a …

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EducationPedagogy

The Great Didactic: Introduction

Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the original texts.  Now I won’t say that I hold my head …

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Pop Quiz: Experimental Teaching

As this year comes to a close, Friday is my last day before summer vacation, I find myself reflecting on the school year, things that went well and things that did not.  One of the things that has gone well is that for the past three years my grade partner …

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Pop Quiz: Getting Good Groups

Recently we received this question from C^2: I taught a lab class (college physics) for the first time last semester.  I noticed that my one female student would always let the male students do the setup/assembly, and she would watch and/or take data.  Given that I don’t have enough lab equipment …

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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: 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: Gifts

Last week a student of mine had the most adorable little chibi Godzilla toy sitting on his desk with a spare pencil in its mouth. I noticed it as I was checking in during group work. It was sitting there facing the group as if participating in the lesson. No …

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