1. Italicizing Wikipedia? CMS15 v. CMS16

    In my writing up to now, I italicize Britannica because it is a book. I never italicize Wikipedia or blog names because as The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition notes: "websites, if titled, should be set in Roman, headline style, without quotation marks" (8.199). However, the new 16th …

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  2. Making use of student feedback

    With the end of the semester comes the opportunity to review what students think of my teaching. As a (relatively) new teacher I take the reviews seriously. However, with four years of practice and data I do struggle with how to interpret the reviews and use them as constructive feedback …

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  3. Grade trends

    My sense in teaching over the past four years is that I have been assessing higher grades. (I shy from the term "giving grades" as it sounds like a gift based on character or my fondness for the student.) Beyond an anecdotal report on what the department median grade is …

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  4. Fall '09 Update

    I have fallen out of the habit of posting updates at the beginning and the end of the semesters. (Mostly because I'm not a student anymore, so I'm not taking new and exciting classes and posting the resulting term papers; instead, I've mostly been focused on the book.) Yet, perhaps …

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