Tag: learning

The Art of Pimping

I am NOT talking about managing sex workers.  In 1989, Dr. Brancati published a tongue-in-cheek article in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “The Art of Pimping”.  It is a true classic which I think anyone bound to be a specialist would enjoy. Pimping is the term used when the senior clinician asks

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: A Primer

A year or two ago I was having a conversation with someone who had been an educator for decades. I tossed out a passing reference to Bloom’s Taxonomy and they said, “What’s that?”  I was astonished.  I consider this to be an extremely foundational principle for any educator to understand and use. Bloom’s Taxonomy is

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How to Be Successful: Accept Feedback

I was working with a student recently and I gave them some feedback along the lines of, “Please make sure to pay attention to detail and make sure everything is ready for your case.”  I could tell, as I was speaking to them, that their eyes were glazing over.  I like to think I am

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Specifications Grading: My Experience

Early in the summer of 2020, I discovered the concept of specifications (or spec) grading.  I bought the book, which I reviewed earlier this week.  You need to read that book review to understand this post. I decided to apply spec grading to all three classes I was teaching in the fall: a 1-credit Intro

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Book Review: Specifications Grading

I was reading a news article at the Chronicle of Higher Ed a few weeks ago about remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.  There was a throw-away line under a subheading “High-stakes assessments are overrated” about using ungrading or specifications grading.  I had never heard of either of these, so followed the links provided about

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Going Back to School

Well, here we are, going back to school in the midst of a contagious, virulent, very bad pandemic. Just as cases are going up, thousands of students will be interacting with people inside spaces. I don’t know if that’s necessarily bad, but I understand it can be anxiety-inducing. I think my single piece of advice

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Book Review: Teach Students How to Learn

I acquired Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra Yancy McGuire in a burst of purchasing designed to improve my own pedagogical approach.  It was recommended to me by someone I feel is a good educator, and then it sat

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