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Textbooks: Jumped the Shark

Not sure if you know what Jump the shark means. I figured it was a common term. Here is the wikipedia entry. Or maybe you would like a graphic explanation. Here it is: So, why the attack on textbooks? The main reason is that I just posted a rant about forces (or abuse of the…

I saw this over at ScienceGeekGirl which links to a video from two high school chemistry teachers in Colorado. The two teachers describe how they modified their chemistry courses. ScienceGeekGirl gives an excellent summary of their changes and motivations, so here is the short and dirty version: They realized that their traditional lecture based course…

This must have been mentioned in a previous post, but I am too lazy to search. Anyway, I think have enough stuff here (at blog.dotphys.net) to finish moving stuff from my previous version of the blog. What does this mean and why do you care? You care because if you are one of the two…

A few tips for new faculty

So, we have some new faculty. New to the university, and new to teaching. What advise can I offer? Here are few things to consider: Never show fear. Students can sense fear. They see it as a sign of weakness. They may attack. If you are afraid, act like you are not. When in doubt,…

Moving my blog

As you may or may not have noticed, I have been using RapidWeaver for my blogging posts. (if you don’t know what that is, it doesn’t matter) Anyway, I think my stuff was getting a little too big for that software. It was a great place to start, but it is time to move to…