Reflections on Twenty Years of College Teaching, Part 2: Pedagogy

The most important question you can answer for your students, not just after the fact, but from the beginning, is why?

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How I Learned to Love Bad Student Papers

I read once that J.R.R. Tolkien came up with the idea for The Hobbit while grading student exams. Bent over a desk, grinding away scoring exam book after exam book, he finally came across one with a blank page at the back. He was so relieved by that short break from grading that he wrote on theContinue reading “How I Learned to Love Bad Student Papers”

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Reading Print Books Is Better than Reading E-Books

Yes, it’s true: the latest research indicates that reading material in print rather than in an electronic reader is better for you in the following ways: Increased comprehension. The tactile experience of reading a printed book actually matters. Check out the research. Related to the above, we’re more likely to read every line of printedContinue reading “Reading Print Books Is Better than Reading E-Books”

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Why You Should Take Notes By Hand

UPDATES 9-7-2014: First, I’m proud to say that in just three days this post now has the top number of hits on my site. It’s hardly viral, but it’s certainly been popular. My top four posts are all about higher ed followed by my post about Frozen. Next, I’m happy to say I’ve had some great and productiveContinue reading “Why You Should Take Notes By Hand”

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