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How do we know what students know?

Learning is context dependent, yet we want students to transfer knowledge from one context to another. For this reason, we often try to include multiple contexts and examples in our instruction hoping students are more likely to transfer knowledge. Yet, … Continue reading

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What do you create?

I was reading a blog post arguing that creativity is more purpose driven than passion driven.  I think there is a lot of truth to this sentiment. I am passionate about science. I love to learn about science. I even successfully … Continue reading

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Time & money

After a quick internet search I found this article. From that article: While the number of contact hours ranged widely, from five to over 100 hours depending on the study, those initiatives that showed positive effects included 30 or more … Continue reading

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Different disciplines, different teaching? 

Nothing frustrates me more than the claim that “what I teach is too difficult (or different) for [good teaching] to work”. First, the claim assumes that one set of ideas is somehow inherently more difficult to teach/learn than another set … Continue reading

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Questioning privilege. 

Here’s a little somthing from Facebook. I’m sorry if this seems to be mansplaining. The context is several people of tremendous privilege (one of them me) discussing a problematic Facebook post. I also apologize if the logic jumps around as … Continue reading

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Stop Blaming Technology

My flight was canceled, I’m booked on a later flight, I’m not going to get home when I was planning to (by 15 hours). Here’s a blogpost. I’m returning from a conference about improving STEM education at the college level. … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Change Classroom Culture

I’m sitting in a professional development session about culturally responsive teaching. One of the things we’ve discussed is how to create a classroom culture that is more welcoming to more students. One phrase I’ve heard repeatedly is that we need … Continue reading

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