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Get your undergrads thinking about analysis from the start
The last post talked about making sure undergrads get the big picture of their questions. This is essential, but it is not the end. All too often analysis is left for the end and there is no exploring. Ideally, students … Continue reading
What to do in class if you don’t lecture? Class 1
When the students walk into the room there are videos playing on the monitors, one at the end of each 6 person table in our cavernous basement classroom divided by pillars. They find a seat and see there is already … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching, The joy of teaching, Undergraduates 2 Comments
Do you need to name the scientists in intro biology?
Meghan Duffy on the terrific blog Dynamic Ecology asks whether we can’t just teach the concepts and not worry about the researchers. After all, there are so many things we have figured out in biology that really don’t need to … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching, The joy of teaching, Undergraduates Tagged concepts, discovery, inspiration, science, scientific process, STEM, teaching 3 Comments
Teach to do not to know
Last week a student came to talk to me. In the course of discussion he said that he learned a lot from a class in the business school here at Wash U, even though he wasn’t particularly interested in the … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching, The joy of teaching Tagged action, Active learning, application, knowledge, teach Leave a comment
Giddy with the success of our undergrads and their posters
Today our six research undergraduates, Kai, Alicia, Libby, Stephanie, Olivia, and Daniela, presented their research on posters at the Fall Undergraduate Poster Session, scheduled to fall on parent’s weekend. We began planning at the beginning of the semester how they … Continue reading
Posted in Posters, Research, Teaching, The joy of teaching, Undergraduates Tagged meetings, posters, Research, Undergrads, undergraduates Leave a comment
Undergraduate journal clubs are important
In the summer, the undergraduates in our lab group meet without us. During the academic year they have a lab meeting and journal club dedicated just to them. This is important because it is hard to think critically when you … Continue reading
Posted in Mentoring, The joy of teaching, Undergraduates, Your lab group Tagged critical reading, learning, undergraduate Leave a comment
Do you give extra credit in your classes? It should stretch your students.
My students want extra credit projects. But they also worry that if I offer them they become required. What to do? I think extra credit should be available because it takes advantage of a different kind of student energy. But … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching, The joy of teaching Tagged extra credit, grading, teaching, undergraduates 12 Comments
The trouble with grading rubrics
Most of the advice I read about grading points to the importance of rubrics. Blackboard even lets me put a rubric up on the site. Why is this? What is a rubric? What is the trouble with rubrics? Well, according … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching, The joy of teaching Tagged Blackboard, Education, Educators, grading, K through 12, Rubric, Student, teaching, Thought, undergraduates, Wikipedia 4 Comments
Meaningful undergraduate research
Undergrads brighten up the lab with their happy enthusiasm and growing discovery of the joy of research. Our job is to guide them in meaningful projects where they discover something new by engaging in the full process of research. I … Continue reading
Be welcoming to the students that may need disability accommodation
I have to confess I don’t like to be told what goes on my syllabus. After all, it is my class and I have a very good idea of how to teach and how to reach out to students. I … Continue reading