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How to create good first impressions in the classroom

How to create good first impressions in the classroom

Tomorrow is the first day of school. Each semester, I am reminded of the importance of creating a good first...
For Students: So You Say You Want a Reference?

For Students: So You Say You Want a Reference?

A student once asked me if I would provide a reference for her on a job that was her dream...
Online Learning: Privacy versus Protection

Online Learning: Privacy versus Protection

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported this week that in a new 1,200 page bill before Congress "is a small...
Two Basic Excel 2007 Tips for Grading Efficiency

Two Basic Excel 2007 Tips for Grading Efficiency

The upgrade to Excel 2007 brought with it some great new features to make managing data easier. When creating Excel-based...
Wordle Makes Ideas and Concepts Visual

Wordle Makes Ideas and Concepts Visual

IMAGE: created using www.wordle.net I just discovered Wordle, which is a free, web-based tool that allows you to make your...
Social Media and Pedagogy

Social Media and Pedagogy

We recently gave a class for a client on managing across generations. In preparation, I put together some trivia from...
Overcome writer's block – or not!

Overcome writer's block – or not!

For my friends at work (or not) on their dissertations, I found this article on the 43folders blog with some...
Overcome writer's block – or not!

Overcome writer's block – or not!

For my friends at work (or not) on their dissertations, I found this article on the 43folders blog with some...
Find a job in higher ed

Find a job in higher ed

You have decided that you want to seek a position teaching in higher education. It is time to take all...
End-of-semester Grade Complaints

End-of-semester Grade Complaints

I thought I was going to have my first semester without a single request to change a student's grade. I...
Use conditioning techniques to encourage classroom involvement

Use conditioning techniques to encourage classroom involvement

There have been times when we all feel like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. "Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?" How...
The environment in which we're teaching today

The environment in which we're teaching today

It is staggering to imagine how different the culture and environment is today than when most of us went to...