Monday, April 30, 2012

The Quotable Teacher, installment 18

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. (Robert Frost)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

'Animals Disappointed in your College Performance'

Don't know how many of you have seen this cute little blog Animals Disappointed in Your College Performance. It's all photos like this, with expressions of disappointment in various student failings:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One more time: Grading on 'effort'

We had a lively discussion a while back on the merits of grading students on effort. Now Maryellen Weimer at Faculty Focus reports on studies comparing faculty and student attitudes about whether grading should depend on effort. The upshot: Students think about 40% of their grade should depend on effort, whereas faculty thought 17% of a student's grade should depend on effort.

The obvious problem in discussing this issue is figuring out what we mean by 'effort'. As Weimer puts it:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A nice graphic on argumentative fallacies

The talented graphic artists at Information is Beautiful have come up with an attractive and colorful visual display of argumentative fallacies. This could be a useful poster in a logic or critical thinking course.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Halo Effect

There is an interesting discussion (at least some of it is, some of it descends into pettiness)  over on Crooked Timber about grading and halo effects.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Delbanco on the future of college

Columbia professor Andrew Delbanco has a new book out, College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. Based on this interview, it looks worth checking out — mining some of the same themes as Nussbaum's Not for Profit, such as the necessity of liberal arts education to the health of democratic societies, but with a more empirically informed sense of the pressures being exerted on today's colleges.