Do you try to persuade your friends to vote for your candidate by sharing political posts on social media and commenting on their posts? We like it when our friends support the same candidate we do, but what if they don’t? Do political posts persuade or can they risk your relationships? Changing people’s minds is […]
Are you reading my mind? People, on learning I am a psychologist, often assume I can. Sure psychological science sure does provide a lot of information about how humans think, feel, and behave. That said, I don’t read minds although as an educator I would love to have that power. Here’s a new study that just may […]
Students who have wonderful instructors learn more, are inspired to learn, and tend to do better at school (and then life) in general. This just sounds right. We know this in our bones. Whereas the empirical data on this sense is fodder for another day, how responsible teachers are for learning has been addressed before. […]
Endings are always tough for me. Psychoanalytically inclined readers may evoke termination anxiety. Twice a year we reach the end of class and I face it with ambivalence. Yes, flexible days and a drastic drop in email traffic loom on the horizon, but it is also time to say goodbye. One of my favorite undergraduate classes […]
When I was a kid, I guess I often stared off into the middle distances. My parents would bring me back to reality with the comment “A penny for your thoughts”. This was a simple gentle prod to the fact that I was daydreaming. Years later, I look out at my classes and am tempted […]
When semester’s end looms it is not uncommon to see a larger number of empty seats in class. It is somewhat peeving for instructors to gaze out at such drops in attendance. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When teaching, there are a diverse array of factors that an instructor has to be aware of. On a […]
We all like having someone to blame. Whether it is the state of the economy, security, sanctions (or lack thereof), it just seems to feel better if we can point a finger. Learning is no exception. Educators point fingers all the time. Americans bemoan the state of public education. States experiment with different ways to […]
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