1. Using technology well

    It is easy to find arguments that social media are wonderful and that they are horrid: that they will enable new heights of connectivity and creativity or rot our brains. I've come to the opinion that while these arguments are interesting, and get a lot of attention, they are of …

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  2. I statements in writing

    Students often write horribly convoluted and passive sentences. A cause of this phenomenon is likely related to another befuddling phenomenon: questions about "I statements." For example, "in my reflection I will use the APA style but I know it forbids 'I statements.'" What? Citation please. Given that passive prose, third …

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  3. When do we praise performance?

    As a teacher and researcher of feedback, I’ve long been fascinated by the popular discourse about feedback to children. The alleged praise-happy softness of American parents has been a target of scorn by George Will, the bow-tied conservative columnist, and held up as a competitive weakness relative to the …

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  4. The purpose of the exam?

    I've not made much use of in-class exams before, but I gave the first one of this semester and it prompted the question in my mind of why do we give exams at all? Or, if we do give exams, why not simply give all the answers beforehand?

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