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Thinking about teaching

This week I’m attending a workshop on pedagogy and I’m hearing lots of interesting ideas from people teaching really exciting and innovative courses. They are incorporating service learning, multi-week projects, location-centric courses, and intro courses for particular audiences (say, business majors). They are doing cool case studies, fun field activities, integrating current events, and designing…

Vicious cycles

First, note the time stamp on this post. I have just now succeeded in getting Minnow to sleep and have sat down with a cup of tea and tomorrow’s lecture to prepare. It’s going to be a long short night. And I’m already tired. I’m tired because for some inexplicable reason, Minnow couldn’t sleep last…

Unprofessional emails from students

From the email files: To: Science Woman (science.woman@mystery.edu) From: sillyname@yahoo.com Subject: Hey can u tell me how to do number 4 on the problem set. i no u went over it in class but i have had a VERY LONG week lol tests ha ha ha and i lost my notes. pleeease help Stu Dear…

Telling Stories in Class

In my upper level course this semester, I am really trying to interject personality into the lectures and discussions. By personality, I don’t (just) mean humor and compassion. What I also mean is that I am trying to convey that our subject matter is an area of active research, done by (gasp!) real people. I…

The New Prep: An Upper Level Course with Lab

Having previously taught (and described) my intro class, my other course this semester has been occupy most of my mental and physical energy of late. To compound the amount of work required, I am also teaching the labs for the course. The course is taught every year at Mystery U, and from here on out,…

The first course: a repeat

I’m teaching two classes this semester: one introductory course which is a repeat from last semester and one upper-level course with laboratory, which is a new prep. The intro course: I was reasonably happy with how this course went last semester, so by-and-large my goal is to put minimal preparation effort into the course. That…

Aw, damn.

I just caught my first piece of plagiarism. On a throw-away 10 point assignment that required students to write only 2 sentences. That the student in question copied directly from Wikipedia. How dare they!

Teaching evaluations

Yesterday in class my students filled out one of those stereo-typical bubble sheet evaluations that supposed to tell me (and the administration) something meaningful about my teaching abilities. I won’t see those results until after grades are turned in, but that’s OK with me because I didn’t find the questions asked on the standard form…