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One thing I believe should change about higher education…

I would love to make studying at a university less …. for the students. I don’t even know how to say this. I cannot think of a right word for it.   The “it” I mean is:   –          No … Continue reading

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“Must have a minimum of 185 days OR 1,025 hours of instruction.”

A school year in Chicago “must have a minimum of 185 days OR 1,025 hours of instruction.” – 185 days of school? This is almost half a year of no school, aka vacation time! Wow. I should have moved to … Continue reading

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“Texas Education Board Flags Biology Textbook Over Evolution Concerns”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/education/texas-education-board-flags-biology-textbook-over-evolution-concerns.html?ref=education&_r=0   Just FYI – in case you hadn’t seen this article yet. I won’t pass judgement or even give my opinion. It just reminds me again and again in which parts of the country I do not want to … Continue reading

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Teaching Philosophies, CVs, Interest Statements – all the same and boring

I loved this article: “The Dreaded Teaching Statement: Eight Pitfalls” (well the first part on how everyone hates writing these things) (http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/09/16/thedreadedteachingstatement/) As soon as I have to write anything related to me, my thoughts, or my principles, I want … Continue reading

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Being fair and not being judgmental

In my class I have students that are present all the time and actively participating and students who are not even there half of the time.  I gave out an exam (they had to write an assay) for which the … Continue reading

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US Naturalization Test – or how to word questions so that I don’t understand them

Everyone who wishes to take on the US citizenship, needs to take an English test and a Civic Test. The Civic test consist of ten questions from a pool of 100 question – so pretty easy. Memorize these 100 questions … Continue reading

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Technology – especially Twitter – in Class

I had an interesting discussion with undergrad VT students last weekend in the car (yay for zimride) – and without me bringing it up – the students started talking about Twitter and Blogging in class – and all 4 hated … Continue reading

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Homeschooling in Germany.

Homeschooling in Germany. Homeschooling in Germany.   It is forbidden. Absolutely. “Illegal, public or approved private education is mandatory with the only exception being where continued school attendance would create undue hardship for an individual child” “Homeschooling is illegal in … Continue reading

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Stereotypes that teachers have – judging students by their names

We discussed how students stereotype their fellow students and also how teachers have stereotypes, event though they don’t want to or even don’t realize it. Talking to my old German friends who became teachers made me realize that they are … Continue reading

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Discrimination – Complaints – the world is getting worse and worse

I guess I am somewhat against this fight against discrimination. Everyone is too sensible. No one dares to say anything anymore. Everyone complains about everyone. We are making our kids believe that it is ok to run to your parents … Continue reading

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