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May 12th, 2017

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The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor. When I was young, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web or video streaming.

The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor

If you wanted to watch something, you had to wait until it appeared on television. Sometimes you might think, “Hey, I think I’ll watch a show,” and flip the channels until you found something interesting. This is how I discovered The Mechanical Universe … And Beyond. If you are not familiar with this wonderful television program from the mid-’80s, it was essentially a college-level introductory physics class presented by Cal Tech University.

It included classroom lectures by Cal Tech Caltech applied physicist David Goodstein, some excellent physics demonstrations, and cool stuff like historical reenactments. Now that the internet exists, you can find The Mechanical Universe on YouTube, and you ought to check it out. What is the traditional lecture? Now, don’t get me wrong. But wait! You may think by now that I think most physics professors are dolts. Another easy change? Go Back to Top. 6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers. Michael Foley, my high school Shakespeare teacher, was a known tyrant.

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

As underclassmen, my friends and I would walk past his closed door, peer in the narrow vertical window, and see him gesticulating wildly at some hapless senior, blood vessels popping in his forehead. We were genuinely terrified. I would eventually discover that Foley wasn’t up there tearing into a student. He was channeling Othello, consumed with jealousy and demonstrating how pettiness can destroy even the most powerful of leaders. Foley did this with all of Shakespeare’s works, pulling out the most impactful bits and pouring his heart into them: impish Puck, Juliet at death’s door, and the gravedigger, woefully regarding Yorick’s skull. For me, at least, terror became inspiration. In education there’s a lot of talk about standards, curriculum, and assessment—but when we ask adults what they remember about their education, decades after they’ve left school, the answers are always about their best teachers.

Are You a Real Team? Are You a Real Team?

Are You a Real Team?

There’s a difference between being on a team and being a real team. People who are on a team focus on their own goals. People who are part of a real team focus on team goals first and their individual goals second. Individuals on a team are committed to getting better and improving themselves. Individuals who are part of a real team are not only committed to getting better they are also committed to each other and the team. 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools. I thought I could read my students’ body language.

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers Formative assessment is done as students are learning. Here’s what happened in my classroom. “We’ve got this, it’s easy,” they said. I looked at the other students and asked, “Do you have this?” They nodded their heads furiously up and down in a yes. My teacher instincts said that everyone knew it, but I decided to experiment, so I wrote a problem on the board. I was floored. I taught for another few minutes and gave them another problem. But the end result was not what you think. I was sold on formative assessment. Good teachers in every subject will adjust their teaching based on what students know at each point. Formative Assessment Toolkit Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool.

3 Ways to Value the Time of Others – The Principal of Change. This post that I had recently tweeted, ‘30 Things About Life Everyone Should Learn Before Turning 30“, is full of golden advice that is for people at any point in their lives.

3 Ways to Value the Time of Others – The Principal of Change

Ideas on the topics of self-development, productivity, relationships, health, career, and success, it provides quick snippets to think about that would be great for discussion with students or staff. (I actually eencourage people to use a piece of advice from the article as a “blog prompt” which I’m about to attempt.) Although there is tons of great advice, this stuck out to me from the article: How you invest your time is a reflection of how you invest your money. The smart and wealthy know the value of their time. As it has been said before, time is the most important currency you will ever spend, because once you spend it, you can never get it back. Brady Venables and Shawn Clark recently wrote about this notion on the use of time as well: