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How to change an organization, a department, a curriculum

Whatever field you are in, there will be organizations with structure and rules. In academics, departments have committees, undergraduates have a required curriculum, graduate students have their courses, exams, and theses. Sometimes these structures are very well known and standard … Continue reading

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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

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Undergraduates, stop before sending that email!

Even in the smallest, most elite universities, there are more students than professors in nearly every class. In my current biggest class there are 52 students. Imagine what it is like for me and my teaching assistants when students decide … Continue reading

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If you don’t lecture, what do you do in class on the first day?

In a couple of hours my students will be forming their indelible first impressions of me and my wonderful teaching assistants. Studies show that their opinion after the first 10 minutes correla tes highly with their opinion at the end … Continue reading

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Who are the gatekeepers?

There are gatekeepers to every step in an academic career. It is wise to think about who they are and what they are looking for as you progress. Gatekeepers restrict your choices on which lab group to join, where to … Continue reading

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Ignite your audience with lightning or Pecha Kucha form talks

Long before Powerpoint existed I once was a teaching assistant for an introductory biology class in the intensive summer session at the University of Texas at Austin. One of my main tasks was to sit in the back of the … Continue reading

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Give a state of the lab address!

What did you do last year? What are you going to do this year? Where does your work fit in with the rest of the lab group? A great way to find out without missing anything is to give a … Continue reading

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