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Would I know a misperception if I saw it?

Thinking a lot about student misperceptions recently while actively measuring their prevalence in all my classes this semester.  Writing these thoughts up on this blog helps me to connect the thoughts I have in the fragmented time that I actually … Continue reading

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Cubes versus naked women (books please)

In Sanjoy Mahajan’s 2009 course on teaching he states that You know if you know anyone who’s a symphony orchestra player, they say, oh yeah, the best way to start hating music is to be a professional musician. They love … Continue reading

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Motivation

Several years ago I watched Sanjoy Mahajan’s MIT 2009 course on Teaching College Level Science & Engineering (here) and among the many things I learned was that extrinsic motivations actually decrease performance in a variety of ways.  Ever since then … Continue reading

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Bad slides are worse than no slides at all

Michael Alley, Penn State http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.html

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A recent problem

I love misperceptions in the classroom.  More specifically, I love it when they  are exposed in the classroom.  More correctly, I can’t teach effectively unless I know what those misperceptions are.  When I notice a misperception that comes up in … Continue reading

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The Lecture System Describes most of my undergraduate classes at UC Davis almost perfectly.  Luckily I had learned from some teacher at Antelope Valley Community College that I should tape record lectures, then rewrite my notes while listening to that … Continue reading

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Misperceptions about science: Reasoning

I hear the phrase “scientific reasoning” a lot and it makes me grind my teeth.  There is no separate line of logic and reasoning used by scientists; they use the same methods of proposing answers to questions and testing those … Continue reading

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