From a teaching persepective, I’m trying to think of a lamer reason to award or deduct points from a student than for failure to follow directions.
From a learning perspective, I’m trying to think of a lamer reason to stress than wondering if your work followed directions. Even lamer is actually losing points for correct work due to formatting issues.
And let the battle begin!
Continue reading “Following Directions”
Love em or hate em, the Patriots won the Super Bowl yesterday following a principle that we can all learn from.
How many times have you “cheated” on a resolution or a goal, and used that small failure to justify a larger one? Continue reading “Winning, One Play at a Time”
What do you do? Are you a professional? A student? An educator? A kid? A parent?
No matter the answer, I’ll bet you’re busy.
We have a tendency to impress. We take on opportunities that let us show our chops. But eventually we reach saturation. We’re full. There’s no room to add more. Continue reading “Getting it done? or Getting Better”
People spend too much on babies and learning. We perceive an urgency or risk, and so we let our guard down and accept what the salesman tells us.
“Don’t skimp on a new car, your child’s life is at risk.”
On the one hand, we need to buy quality goods. There is such a thing as an unsafe car. But Mercedes isn’t the only company that makes safe ones. Brand new cars (with brand new car payments) aren’t the only ones that are safe either. Continue reading “Oh. Well in that case…”
Investments work on a simple principle: forgo consumption today, and reap the ability to consume more later.
If we spend a little less from our paychecks, we can save for retirement. After a little effort spent selecting good mutual funds, the magic of compound interest will cause this money to grow, becoming capable of purchasing more in the future than it can purchase today.
It’s not a big stretch to look at time the same way: Continue reading “How Investments Work”
Students face a number of unique circumstances that create stress in their lives. Typically, effort in any one class comes in peaks and waves. Overlay 5 classes, and you find yourself with a fire to put out every week. It doesn’t take long before you’re fighting to survive, no longer exploring and digging into the material because you want to learn it.
Three of the most hated words in the English language
Continue reading “Who’s in Charge Here? Budgeting Your Time”
The promise of most classic productivity books is: “follow my steps and you’ll be able to get more done, faster.”
The promise of most recent productivity books is: “follow my steps and you’ll be able to get the right things done, largely by saying ‘no’ to the wrong things.”
I’ve read them all. I’ve tried them all. I bought the best apps. None of them worked for me. Why? Because the world of academics is unlike any other. Continue reading “Why Time Management Doesn’t Work for Students and Teachers”
Weeks 1-5 of the semester: lectures, reading assignments, homework (some of which is collected and graded). Maybe a quiz or two.
Week 6 of the semester: TESTS!
Every semester is the same thing. Each class arrives at big assignments at the same time: tests always seem to land in the same week. As do project assignments and due dates. Of course, Finals Week is designed that way intentionally.
How can we stay on top of it all? Continue reading “Course Coordination and Control”
It’s 10:00 PM, you’ve got 2 assignments due tomorrow, a quiz the next day, and an exam the day after that. You haven’t eaten dinner yet, and you haven’t started either assignment. You think to yourself, “if I could just clear this to-do list, I would manage my time better. I wouldn’t get behind again.” You knuckle down to work the assignments, but the quiz and the exam continue to eat your attention.
And the biggest problem of all: you were in the same place yesterday, with different work against different deadlines. Continue reading “Unconscious Self-Sabotage”
As we gear up for a new semester, teachers and students alike hope that this will be the best semester ever. We’ve got some work to do, or we will find ourselves in the same place as last semester: busy working without learning, stressed, firefighting, just trying to survive.
In my last post I discussed 6 sources of burnout: three for teachers to work on, and three for students. Here I’ll address one for teachers. Students: you should know this too.
Continue reading “Too Much Coverage”