We’re reading articles to learn about argumentation. A presentation that I wanted to show them to give background info on this dated (20+ years) article wasn’t working, so I’m just like, just ask me about what you didn’t understand, and I ‘ll explain it.
The time to tell me you didn’t do the assignment because you didn’t understand it or because of missing supplies is not THE DAY IT’S DUE.
I’m always surprised by what stands out to me after the first week of the year, but I have my tidbit:
It’s July! It’s summer break! I have 6 weeks of break to complete 125 hours of school planning.
And I’m so nervous!
I wrote this when I was an undergrad working as a tutor for my school's writing center. Almost a decade later, it all still holds perfectly true. I highly recommend students follow this simple checklist for making sure that any work being handed in looks like at least an hour was spent on it. And if any of these…
So for those who don't know, I teach C++ to baby engineers and the occasional stray math, physics, econ or undecided major. I use the term baby engineer affectionately because I was one, at the same school even, and so I'm intimately familiar with their usual method of "learning" and that's why I don't post coding…
I've been teaching intro courses of one form or another for a couple of years now, so I'm gonna share a few tips on how to endear yourself to the average instructor. My hope is that if you're on hackerspace/lifehacker, you're probably the sort of proactive student who's gonna read 'em and go "duh".
My school has been piloting this peer led learning thing with my class, so I get to be in charge of hiring the peers doing the leading. I had a guy last semester who was sweet and earnest, but not terribly good and he knew it. So I told him that he could have the job this semester and then good/bad things happened. I…
Dude, your continuing failure to follow the simple instructions of:
The common core has been famously skewed, lampooned, and criticized by comics, parents, teachers, and the like. But, there's a really solid method to the madness, one that I can much appreciate as someone who teaches a math related subject.
It is incredibly unreasonable for you to request that something that we've been covering in class for the last MONTH not be on the final 'cause you're having trouble understanding it.
In a reply to me, a gawker commentator implied that I was a terrible teacher. I've gotten this sorta comment before too, and hmm. I'm not the greatest teacher, absolutely, but terrible? Here's the thing, most people don't actually understand what makes a good or bad or indifferent teacher. I didn't either when I first…
Just back from PyCon and they had this really fantastic talk on how to run events teaching kids how to code, and most of the advice applies to running just about any event involving kids (adults too really):
I'm the idiot who doesn't use private mode for teaching or nsfw content, nor do I use a seperate user account. So, of course, running off very little sleep, I accidentally open a scan group's page instead of blackboard in class today. I think (hope) I closed the tab before anyone processed what was going on.
I don't normally get emotional during debates, and I view everything as a debate. Someone doesn't like my favorite book? I want to know their reasons why, and am excited to listen. After all, they're not attacking me...they're attacking the book.
Sometimes I feel like Schrodinger's teacher. I'm both good, and bad, at teaching, and there's no way to figure out which it is.
In the Salon article Confessions of a Bad Teacher , John Owen talks about spending a year teaching in NYC public schools. While I do find some of his teaching methods sorta questionable, I'm also willing to cut him some slack 'cause I've done some strange things in the name of trying to get very bored students…
My students keep not following one requirement: code must compile using g++