Worth Sharing: We Don’t Trust Course Evaluations, but Are Peer Observations of Teaching Much Better?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Why colleges and universities that claim to take teaching seriously need a comprehensive and fair system of evaluating it. EXACTLY. But, as always seems to happen, the same teaching technique inspired completely contradictory reactions. For example, while I don’t show … Continue reading

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

What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong – and how to fix it.

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Source: What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong (G)rading policies—which appear to be an objective, fair, and accurate method to describe a student’s academic performance—often increase achievement gaps by infusing grades with teachers’ implicit biases or by rewarding or punishing students … 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

Worth Sharing: Making Sure Yours is not a ‘Pointless Exercise’

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Not a ‘Pointless Exercise’ Briefly, Martini noticed that her students didn’t seem to get the connections she had hoped they would on the assignments she gave, and wondered if it would make a difference if she made those connections explicit. … 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: Students aren’t learning enough – a brewing crisis in higher education

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Too many graduates are not prepared to think critically and creatively, speak and write cogently, solve problems, comprehend complex issues, accept accountability, take the perspective of others, or meet employer expectations. What are YOU doing in your classes to address … Continue reading

IS it What Straight-A Students Get Wrong, or is it what WE get wrong?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s not the students’ fault. Not making marks random, and reducing the risks of failure are what gives students more room to really think. We owe them that. We need to get rid of compartmentalized grading entirely, and quit blaming … Continue reading