What Does A Trophy Mean Anyway?

Aug 16

What Does A Trophy Mean Anyway?

It’s a popular sentiment to put on a curmudgeon hat and denounce ¬†society for giving kids medals and trophies for just showing up. “Kids are too soft” “We coddle our kids too much” “In my day…” “Get off my lawn” etc… This message got highlighted today when former Pittsburgh Steeler Superbowl champion...

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My Ongoing Struggle with Diffusing the Impact of Grades

Jun 11

My Ongoing Struggle with Diffusing the Impact of Grades

Assessment continues to occupy much of my thinking and experimentation both as a teacher and in broader conversations ¬†with educators. If you search my blog categories you’ll see I’ve written specifically about assessment over 50 times. They represent some of the most challenging ideas and change since many practices and beliefs are both deeply ingrained...

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When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

Nov 06

When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

My favorite shot in golf is hitting a long iron on the green. For most golfers, even pros, hitting the ball on the green from over 200 yards is a difficult shot. When you pull it off there’s a great feeling of satisfaction. I was playing by myself a few weeks back on a lovely golf course and came upon a long par 3 measuring 170 yards from the tees I was...

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My Personal Assessment

Aug 12

I’m a huge proponent of self assessment and it’s also important that I model that. With that, here is my assessment of my second section of teaching EDIM 516 at Wilkes University. While I certainly improved from my first effort in spring, I still have lots to learn. I try to communicate that often with my students and encourage their feedback. I’m...

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Winning Isn’t That Great and Losing Isn’t That Bad

Jul 24

Thanks to Chris Layton for inspiring this post. We had a lovely conversation at #DENSI2014 and this is my reflection from that discussion. The conversations and ideas around these ideas and their role in society can make your head spin. They range from: “Awards for students are harmful” “Learning is not a competition” “There are no...

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Encouraging Ownership

Jul 16

Encouraging Ownership

After every course I teach I receive an evaluation from my students. Typically 80% or higher provide with highly positive feedback. 10% are indifferent and 10% are less than satisfied. Most of the dissatisfaction revolves around lack of structure and and timelines. This is partly my personal flaws and partly student preference and partly a communication failure. I...

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