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What makes a good lab?

I was wondering around the blogosphere and read some stuff about introductory physics labs. In particular, I was looking at ZapperZ’s Revamping Introductory Physics and Dr. Pion’s Objectives for a Lab. Both of these are good posts. Here I thought I would add make take on this subject as I am picking the labs I…

Teacher-Student-Class-Learning

Dan Meyer at dy/dan just posted about teacher-student analogies. His analogy is that the student is like a weight lifter and the teacher is the spotter. I like this. It is similar to my usual analogy that the teacher is like a trainer and the student doing some exercise. Another analogy I often use is…

So, I was in the student computer lab helping a student with a numerical calculation. I couldn’t help notice the student next to me was registering for classes. Here is here strategy: Look at required courses. Check available classes. Check ratemyprofessor.com. Re-check available classes. Repeat. So? What is wrong with this? I see a couple…

A note about cramming for tests

The Teaching Professor has a short note about students cramming for exams. The article talks about how you should deal with students cramming for exams. It includes the correct answer: you shouldn’t do anything accept maybe change your tests. What is the purpose of a test? It is some way to evaluate what a student…

There is something that has been bothering me about students learning in college. The question is, how much do I treat students like adults and how much do I treat them like children? I have been leaning towards treating them like adults. For example: do I require them to come to class? Right now, no.…

Teach your child to ride a bike

For many people, it is the time of the year to put the bikes away. I live in Louisiana, so now is the time to get the bikes out (too hot in the summer). Learning to ride a bike is a curious thing. Most parents use training wheels to get kids started. I do not…

Mr. Miyagi and learning

So here I was in thermal physics class. The students were talking about the assigned homework and then asked: “can’t we get some homework credit for this? Why are we even doing this?” Immediately in my head popped “wax on, wax off”. This was the same situation Mr. Miyagi (from [The Karate Kid](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Karate_Kid)) was in…

I teach classes. I ask questions in class. I wait for answers. All faculty do this, so who cares. If you are in a class or teaching a class, how long do you wait for someone to answer your question? Well, I asked two questions of my class this week. 1. Estimate how long I…