Teaching, Learning, and Education

A Few Random Education Items

Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 6:47 am

Sorry if this feels like a tab dump. I stored up a bunch of things I’d hoped to say more about, but it’s clearly not happening. From the top, please! So, let’s start by talking about online college courses. First up is this nice little infographic. One little detail left out is that some schools […]

Winning, Duh.

Posted by on April 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Believe it or not, the downhill slide towards graduation is underway for college seniors. On the flipside, high school students are finalizing their plans for college and some college students are setting up for graduate school. In the midst of this, NPR ran this item last week on a law school that is boosting its […]

Quiz Time

Posted by on January 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

As I return to classes, I would like to share an item that got lost in the holiday shuffle: a recent study “showed that giving brief online quizzes at every class meeting in an introductory psychology class boosted student performance.” I have no doubt that this will translate to many other classes. Allow me to […]

What I Learned This Semester

Posted by on December 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

The fall semester is over and grades are filed. Let me fill you in on just a few new discoveries! Maybe it will help you impress a friend while watching Jeopardy someday. Ok, probably not. General: You can always find a place to park on campus for an 8 AM class. The bad news is that […]

ZOMG! He’s Asking About the Future!

Posted by on December 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

My local news channel decided to cover some information about the Arapahoe High School Shooter, specifically using this “chilling” — that’s Channel 8′s descriptor, not mine — quote: During a 2010 9NEWS town hall style debate, the then-freshman was selected from the audience to ask a question. “What would you like your legacy to be,” […]

More Things I learned

Posted by on May 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

By the way, data released by the makers of the ACT confirm what I saw in person: many students simply aren’t ready for college. And it looks like I am not the only one who thinks some people should reconsider whether college is a good idea, especially if it means a mountain of student loan […]

Things I learned

Posted by on May 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  Last night, I completed my first semester of for credit college classes in a couple decades. Over the next few days, I will be sharing a few of the things that I have learned. Let’s start with generalities: This is the sort of college where “admissions requirements” are pretty much “has a valid credit […]


Posted by on March 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Parts of the following are anonymized for what should be obvious reasons. After class recently, I overheard a classmate loudly complaining that this particular class was “a waste of money” on material that “I’ll never use in [career].” I had other places to be, and better things to do than set this young person straight. […]

I think I have a better idea….

Posted by on November 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

So Clark County School District — the 5th largest school district in the nation — has a “successful” pilot of a program to keep track of students on school busses. Parents can theoretically find out whether their kids got on the bus, and where the bus is. Roughly 700 of the 110,000 students who daily […]

When Will They Figure It Out?

Posted by on February 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

This is what happens when schools tolerate bullying. This is what happens when schools tolerate bullying. This is what happens when schools tolerate bullying. Almost 30 years of the Same Old Story, and somehow the People In Charge don’t get it. We don’t need “weapon free zones” and “zero tolerance policies”; we need an atmosphere […]