Category: Techie Trivialities

Computer and technical things that happen in my Life

Education for Thinking????

Today’s AJC Arts & Books section contained a capsule review of Education for Thinking by Deanna Kuhn, which stated: Here’s a novel idea: Schoolchildren should be taught how to think. Inquiry and argument — not rote learning — should be at the center of education, says Kuhn. There’s just one problem. To be ultimately effective, …

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Why do I do it?

My student evaluations always suck rancid contaminated swampwater, which isn’t that surprising because I teach a difficult and a demanding subject. I gave out some extra ones this summer, a semester that I thought was going very well, to try to get my ratings up (my raises depend on them, after all). I got them …

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Minor Rant

Dear Student, I know that you have a lot going on, and that sometimes other parts of your life keep you from attending class on a given day. However, it is imperative that, when this situation happens, you understand that you are still responsible for learning the material that we cover in class that day …

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Education???

I continue to wonder about today’s sorry state of education in this country. Yesterday and today I talked about text representation in Intro to CS. One of the topics is the Unicode character set, which contains binary definitions for every known written language alphabet in the world. That includes the Cherokee language, which was invented …

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Whew…

Long week. The first week of class is always stressful. Anxiety disorder always kicks in when I have to face all those new faces in my classes. Sure, not all of them are new — let’s see, there are at least six students who either failed or withdrew from a section of my intro class …

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Time for a little break!!!

Woohoo!!! My summer term grades are turned in (in my usual slap-dash way) so I have until the 15th to relax and enjoy myself. However, the very first thing I did when I got home from turning in those grades was, yes, take a nap, LOL. I didn’t even really NEED the nap; I just …

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Maybe I AM doing something right???

Mood: surprised. When one of my students was talking to me this afternoon, she told me about a conversation she’d had recently with another former student. Both of them are computer science majors, and both have had me for classes. Anne said that Angie had told her that if she didn’t want to work so …

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