Category Archives: PFP13F

GRAD 5104 Category for Fall 2013

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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My Millennial score is 75

So – hmmm, what does that mean? If I had a tattoo – the score would be 83. If I add a piercing to my tattoo it would be 89. Apparently, the baby boomers nowadays text more than us Millennials. … 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

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 … 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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Home schooling in Germany.

It is forbidden. Absolutely. homeschooling: “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 Germany with rare exceptions. The requirement … Continue reading

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Stereotypes that teachers have – judging students by their names

Talking to my old German friends who became teachers made me realize that they are full of stereotypes. One of them was pregnant and asking for name suggestions – I randomly said Kevin. I don’t even know why and she … Continue reading

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