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. … Continue reading How I Learned to Love Bad Student Papers
Inside Higher Ed. has recently reported that a rather interesting study on student learning conducted by a group of psychologists supports what most of us who have been teaching for any length of time already knew all along: student perception of … Continue reading Charismatic Teacher = High Evals, but not High Learning
I’ve been following a discussion on LinkedIn in which one instructor has taken the position that teachers are entertainers because learning should be fun, and another is taking issue with him — he maybe agrees that learning should be fun, but … Continue reading Are Teachers Entertainers?
The chart below lists educational spending in twelve industrialized countries, comparing each country’s spending to student performance: Via: MAT@USC | Master’s of Arts in Teaching Educational spending for just these twelve countries combined is about $1.8 trillion, representing a massive … Continue reading On Being a Student (as a Human Being)
Before I get around to talking about being a student in an institution (I write about being a student outside of an institution later), I would like you to consider three kinds of machines and how they differ: a hammer, a … Continue reading On Being a Student (in an Institution…)