Teaching

At Least He Had a Sense of Humor …

An image I had to share from grading Calculus II exams this morning. (The student did not do well.)

Advice on Parenting: Let Your Kids Fail

Thought I’d come back from a somewhat extended paternity leave (more on that at some point) with a post about good and bad parenting. Over at the Huffington Post’s parenthood portal, Mickey Goodman asks if we are raising a generation of kids who are essentially helpless. As a professor here at Messiah College (and even […]

It Is Exam Day Again …

In honor of the Intro Stat exam I gave from 1:00-2:00 or so today:

Do Incentives Motivate?

Dan Pink offers some insights into what science tells us about when incentives work, and when they don’t. Interesting that this talk was given in 2009, but I don’t think I’ve seen marked improvement in the use of incentives since then. Possibly because to admit that incentives don’t work the way we usually think would […]

A Tough Quiz

Today’s quiz of the day: can you tell the difference between a college professor and a hobo? If you think you are up to the task, go here and try your hand (the quiz is created by a someone at the University of Toronto). Here is an example of one of the men on the […]

Messiah College Students Can Think, Really!

A few weeks ago Messiah College hosted Frances Fox Piven on our campus. While I had nothing to do with her appearance, and can’t even tell you definitely who invited her, I’ve certainly heard a lot of reaction to her appearance, including in the comments section of my piece about Dr. Peter Kerry Powers defense […]

Stat/Probability Quiz of the Day

Good luck with this one!

TMQ Follow-up: Boys, Football, and College

TMQ last week offered some thoughts about boys and college success, and how football may be contributing to the decline. Read my thoughts here. One of the things I love about Easterbrook is his willingness to offer up reader feedback in support or opposition. Here is the feedback he received: Boys, Football and College: Last week […]

College Students and Technology

An interesting article from researchers at the University of Washington. A nice summary of the article is found here. The full article can be found here. Here are the basics: A new University of Washington study found college students – only weeks away from final exams and in the library – tend to pare use […]

TMQ: Is Football Hurting Boys Chances in College?

  The opening thoughts from Gregg Easterbrook’s TMQ article this week are somewhat provocative: Here are two facts about our busy world: Fact 1: Enthusiasm for football has never been higher — not just for the NFL, but with young boys and teens. Participation in prep football has increased 21 percent in the past 20 […]