There is no app for that

Ideas.TED.com has a new article titled—There’s no app for good teaching: 8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom. It quotes a bunch of scholars and researchers, one of whom is yours truly. I am just posting this, for the record. Image created by Punya Mishra, using https://imgflip.com/memegenerator Tweet

Creating Space for Empathy in the Classroom

In a blog post on Edutopia, Joe Hirsch asks, “can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?” To begin to answer this question Hirsch suggests considering cooperative learning in tomorrow’s lesson plan. Yes, tomorrow, like right now. Yet, instead of just throwing students in groups and hoping for cooperation, Hirsch recommends the jigsaw method, …

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Intervention and Replication

This article describes surprisingly effective interventions that improve college success rates for low SES/SAT students. Let’s hope they can be broadly replicated. NYTimes: … Laude was hopeful that the small classes would make a difference, but he recognized that small classes alone wouldn’t overcome that 200-point SAT gap. “We weren’t naïve enough to think they …

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Software Carpentry trains the trainers

tl;dr? The Software Carpentry train-the-trainers workshop in Toronto this past M-W was just fantastic. I can’t recommend it enough. A bit of background: Software Carpentry is a project to teach scientists to use computing more effectively. Started by Greg Wilson about 16 years ago, the project has progressed through many different moults, including attempts to …

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Beautiful and Free Vintage Posters

Beautiful and Free Vintage Posters by Casey Miles | Posted April 5th, 2014 I’m a sucker for vintage poster design, particularly old circus posters. Freevintageposters.com offers a collection of posters you’re welcome to download and print. The categories include something for just about everyone, for example: Advertising, Travel, Food Drink, Movies Theater, Circus Magic, Art …

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Imagination Library

80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children (Source). These same children often go without age-appropriate books available at home as well. This can set them up at a disadvantage from their very first moments in the education system. Dolly Parton is out to change that. Imagination Library is …

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Creativity in the lives of accomplished teachers: Pre-pub version

How do exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching? In this dissertation study, Danah Henriksen  interviewed National Teacher of the Year award winners (and finalists), to better understand their beliefs, interests, and practices involving creative teaching. Analysis of the data help us identify key themes of how these teachers approach the creative process, as well as the …

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Student Referrals: How and When

Many of us regularly refer students to different university services. Without batting an eye, I’ve encouraged students to visit the University Writing Center, to set up a meeting with a subject librarian, or to see a tutor in the English Language Center. These fantastic services can offer more specialized attention than I am able to give, …

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Working with Faculty of Record

Many early graduate student instructors have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for a large, lecture-based course. These assignments come in all different shapes and sizes: leading a weekly discussion section (how I cut my teaching-teeth), conducting a lab, or serving as a grader. When I received my first TA assignment, I’ll admit, I was …

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Pre-Tenure Leadership

As the dean of a college whose faculty includes many assistant professors, I am frequently asked for advice on how much service they should undertake. The twin horns of their dilemma? They know that service counts for less than teaching or research in annual and promotion evaluations … but they also know that demonstrating leadership …

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