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Required Readings

Required Reading, 16 May 2014

Good evening, teachers and learners! Better late than never I suppose… Today’s required readings include an update on the Florida student who was arrested for attempting a science experiment. Also, a librarian blogger is threatened over blowing the whistle on predatory “open access” science journals. There’s also videos. I guess …

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Required Readings, 12 May 2013

Happy Mother’s Day! Or is it Mothers’ Day? Whatever. Let’s make Mom proud by doing our homework. If rebellion is your thing, it was Henry Rollins who once said, “The best way to rebel against your parents is to know more than them.” I’ve got a lot of good readings …

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Required Readings, 2 May 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners. Here are your required readings for today. Phil Sadler’s misconception research. Duke University gets cold feet on MOOCs. Surviving exams. Let’s get reading. Study: Best science teachers can predict their pupils’ misconceptions – Study is by Philip Sadler, a pioneer in misconception research. Duke University …

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Required Readings, 25 April 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Your required readings for today include a story about an 11-year-old internet science star, international students worrying about their safety in the U.S., using clickers in the social science classroom, and threats against protesters at Dartmouth. Sylvia Todd, Science Star, Tinkers With The Idea Of …

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The Royal Library in Copenhagen.
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Required Readings, 18 April 2013

Good morning teachers and learners! I’ve gathered your required readings for today. There won’t be a quiz, but I’ll give extra credit those who meaningfully participate in the discussion. West Virginia High School student asks for injunction against principle after abstinence speaker – Article on entire situation at the West …

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Required Readings, 11 April 2013

Good morning teachers and learners! Here’s your Required Readings for the day. Teacher Knows If You’ve Done the e-Reading – Textbook publishers think this will sell faculty on using their expensive e-textbooks. Hmm… Parents want sex education, recess – The headline first made me think they wanted to combine these …

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North Carolina
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Required Readings, 4 April, 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Class begins today with a plan to disenfranchise voting college students in North Carolina. That’s a real downer. We’ll end on an up-note about a young woman from Palestine who’s got a scholarship to Oxford that’s been funded in an unusual way… North Carolina senate …

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The character Beowulf is fighting a dragon.
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Required Readings, 21 March 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! I hope you enjoyed your day of equal light and dark yesterday. Let’s begin today’s required readings with a little more darkness… Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf – a completely thorough, and damning, analysis of creationist Bill Cooper’s bad …

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Ben Goldacre
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RR: March 14, 2013

It’s Pi, Popes, Robots…and Ben Goldacre. It’s that kind of a day. Enjoy your required readings, students. I’ll be quizzing you later. Celebrate Pi Day – In the US at least, where we place the day before the month. Sorry, Europe. But, hey, enjoy these math teacher resources for Pi …

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John Flansburg and John Linnell of the band They Might Be Giants
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Required Readings, 7 March 2013

The man behind the “Gish Gallup” dies. iPads described as an educational panacea. They Might Be Giants keep bringing the science into their music. Let’s get learning! Duane Gish, promoter of teaching kids creationism, dies at 91. – by his reckoning, he was 1.5% the age of the Earth (joke shamelessly …

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