Worth Sharing: Opinion | Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Excellence is not a zero sum game. I’ve been saying this for YEARS! Source: Opinion | Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s? I’ve been saying this for years! This is a big part of what I address in the essays of … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute How a writing tool became the new default way to pass notes in class So much for the benefits of banning cellphones. I don’t think banning things ever solves anything. Let’s foster respect, courtesy, tolerance, and help them learn the … Continue reading

Protecting Our Natural Spaces to Save Ourselves

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes So, here’s an idea for dealing with ways to protect our natural resources. And, just to be clear, I am talking about wild spaces, as opposed to taking trees, or the extraction of oil and gas, or any other minerals … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes THIS is why my version of “gamification” is so important. The Most Important Skill of Today? Source: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century   Not making room for play in modern adult life is a strategic … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Turn Your Classroom Irritation Into Compassion

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s all too easy to be annoyed by students’ questions, until you realize their confusion might be your fault. Source: Turn Your Classroom Irritation Into Compassion There is a course at my former school that all computer science majors are … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: (Deliberate) practice makes perfect: how to become an expert in anything

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute “Appropriate practice is the single most neglected aspect of effective instruction.” (Merrill, 2001) This is one of MANY reasons why gamification can be helpful in formal learning. We can reward practice. We SHOULD reward practice. I used to think that … Continue reading

What?! No Deadlines on Assignments?!

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes A common kind of complaint among many HE faculty: My student comes with a long story about why they need an extension on an assignment. I have already gone to some lengths to make sure my students have plenty of … Continue reading

Why do eggs have so many shapes?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes A massive new study finds that how much a bird flies influences how their egg rolls OK. Great webpage, design-wise. BUT, I have TWO problems with the science. Yes, yes, I don’t have degrees in ornithology. OTOH I *DO* have … Continue reading