Teaching, Learning, and Education

It’s time for Things I Learned This Semester!

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm

That’s right, another semester is over! If you’re curious about things I’ve learned in the past, please enjoy some links to other posts. So let’s get going with the latest revelations: General: Eventually, the staff in charge of cleaning bathrooms will notice the graffiti on the back of the bathroom stall door. The kind of […]

Shooting oneself in the foot

Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

You’ll notice that I didn’t do anything to commemorate excuse to slide into a dystopian police state day oops sorry I meant 9/11. Insert quote about safety and liberty here. Moving on then! Today’s news brought me this item about a teacher accidentally shooting herself in the leg. Last week a college professor shot himself in the […]

Music Monday: Same As It Ever Was

Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  Once upon a time there was a math teacher in Japan named Toru Kumon. Back in 1954, his son did badly on a math test in grade school. A conversation with Mrs. Kumon ensued that boiled down to “Well, what are you going to do about this?” So he opened up the son’s textbook. […]

More for the College Bound Crowd

Posted by on August 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

This time of year, I usually link back to my 2007 post on campus drinking. And hey, it’s still unfortunately relevant. Today I’d like to remind you that  hand in hand with college drinking is the problem of sexual assault on campus. No victim blaming is intended here, but if you are headed off to […]

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 […]