Teaching and Learning

Discendo Discimus - we learn by teaching
- God, don't you love Latin?

I give up. I am going to collect blurbs about teaching, learning, and academia I may or may not want to share with students some day...

Tim Minchin's very wise and hilarious Occasional Address and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of Western Australia. The Huffington Post summarizes Dr. Minchin's main points. I adore this speech because I find it poignant, relevant to my life as an individual, and as a professor who cares deeply about her students. And it is irreverent and hilarious. I will say that again HILARIOUS!

Chase Mielke's piece in his blog Affective Living, "What students really need to hear," is relevant not just to High School, but all school: "It is your resilience in conquering the main event - adversity - that truly prepares you for life after school. Because, mark my words, school is not the most challenging time you will have in life." The piece is written with passion, care, and true insight. 

Sarah Juliet Saro in The Huffington post, "10 Things to do in College (Probably) More Important Than Going to Class." The things she lists are very important. Not that I in any way, shape or form, think anyone should choose to do these instead of going to class. No. Make sure to do this in addition to going to class.

Art Carden uses his own immaturity as a student to understand some of  his students' misconceptions about evaluations in his Forbes contribution "Dear Student: I do not Lie Awake at Night Thinking of Ways to Ruin Your Life." We earn points and grades. The Burden of proof that of learning is on the students, not th eprofessor to prove that you have not learned.

No laptops in the classroom? This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education is a pretty succinct explanation, if you ask me: "Why I'm asking you not to use Laptops" by Anne Curzan. Cindi May and the Scientific American introduces us to one of the studies that show why taking notes with a laptop is not as effective to the learning process as taking notes by hand in "A Learning Secret: don't take notes with a laptop." There is a time and place to have laptops in the classroom, there really is, as long as you as the instructor are ok with it. And lest we think it is all about learning, Maria Konnikova reminds us that writing by hand is actually beneficial to our cognitive process. Check out the NY Times article "What's Lost as Handwriting Fades." This is echoed by Fred Barbash in The Washington Post's "Why students learn less in class even when they really are taking notes."

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