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Why I Failed to Flip My Classroom - RETHINK Math Teacher
He wanted to have kids watch lecture videos the day before then do the practice in class. But his low income students didn't have internet or said they didn't to get out of work.
teaching  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
Trump Once Railed Against Presidents Using Teleprompters — Now He’s Blaming One for His ‘Airports’ Gaffe - politics
An analysis of a particular error Trump made in a speech, and mapping that back to the fact that he is not a very proficient reader.
DonaldTrump  reading  teaching 
july 2019 by mcherm
Noble Charter Schools Story Hit A Nerve | NPR Illinois
At these schools "discipline" is so strict teachers complain about being forced to implement it and girls are forced to bleed through their pants rather than visit the bathroom when on their periods.
teaching  npr  via:reddit 
february 2019 by mcherm
More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer : NPR
Essays on standardized tests are now being graded by computer algorithms. They are fairly easy to game.
ai  teaching  via:HackerNews 
july 2018 by mcherm
Boston U. Panel Finds Plagiarism by Dr. King - The New York Times
It turns out Martin Luther King Jr cheated in school (he plagiarized part of this doctoral dissertation). His degree was not posthumously withdrawn.
plagiarism  ethics  MartinLutherKing  history  teaching  via:reddit 
may 2018 by mcherm
Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Review of Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education
In response to "education is mostly just signaling; we should radically change or eliminate it", it"s not all bad (just high school and low quality college), and any alternative would be bad.
teaching  ScottAaronson  via:reddit 
may 2018 by mcherm
Our Approach to Employee Security Training | PagerDuty
Really good quality security training. How he did it and the slides in case you want to use them.
security  teaching  opensource  via:HackerNews 
may 2018 by mcherm
How to Get Your Mind to Read - The New York Times
Reading comprehension needs to be improved, but experiments show it is tightly entangled with general broad knowledge. So we should teach more broad knowledge in early grades in lieu of the extreme focus on reading.
nytimes  via:reddit  teaching  reading  brain 
december 2017 by mcherm
how to explain zero-knowledge proof to your children
I should actually review this with my children if they would enjoy it.
math  todo  teaching 
may 2017 by mcherm
Why Do Test Scores Plateau? | Slate Star Codex
Doctors learn a lot at first, then their scores stop improving much. Why?
teaching  SlateStarCodex  via:SlateStarCodex 
april 2017 by mcherm
How and why to learn about data structures | David R. MacIver
How a data structures course should work: present an objective, then have students design a data structure for it.
via:DavidMacIver  DavidMacIver  datastructures  programming  teaching  teach_programming 
march 2017 by mcherm
A teacher disinhearted by cheating
Teacher discovered every student in her class was cheating. Subsequent years weren't any better.
via:reddit  teaching  cheating 
november 2016 by mcherm
Kid Needs Permission Slip to Read 'Fahrenheit 451,' His Dad's Response Is Brilliant | The Daily Dot
"Permission slip" to read Fahrenheit 451. Parent plays along with the conceit that it's an exercise to show how ridiculous the whole idea of censoring books is.
censorship  via:boingboing  teaching 
october 2016 by mcherm
“How old is the shepherd?” — The problem that shook school mathematics
Kids seem to think that math is a place where every question has a single right answer obtained in a single way. We should fix that.
math  teaching  via:reddit 
october 2016 by mcherm
Practice Python
I found this site with some elementary problems for Genevieve to try.
python  teaching  useful 
june 2016 by mcherm
The camel doesn't have two humps: Programming "aptitude test" canned for overzealous conclusion - Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch
The paper that claimed programmers fall into a 2-humped distribution, of capable and incapable? Its author formally retracts it (blaming it on mental illness and medication issues). Presumably anyone can learn to program.
science  ScientificMethod  programming  teaching  via:HackerNews 
april 2016 by mcherm
A better way to teach technical skills to a group – Miriam Posner's Blog
Have everyone work at their own pace in a room, and use sticky notes as "flags" to show "I'm doing OK", "I need help", or "I'm done".
via:boingboing  teaching  personal_net 
december 2015 by mcherm
Alabama Teacher of the Year who left Mountain Brook for Birmingham is resigning |
Former winner of "Teacher of the Year" for the state and author of books on teaching resigns because (1) they moved her from 2nd grade to 5th grade, THEN told her she doesn't have the qualifications needed to teach 5th grade and (2) they hadn't bothered to actually pay her.
teaching  via:SlateStarCodex 
november 2015 by mcherm
Unsolved problems with the common core | Bits of DNA
This is great he actually lists unsolved problems in mathematics that are understandable for every grade level from kindergarten through high school.
math  teaching  via:HackerNews  todo 
september 2015 by mcherm
MIT App Inventor | Explore MIT App Inventor
A scratch-like tool for building mobile apps.
useful  mobile  teaching 
september 2015 by mcherm
HOWTO: Get tenure
How having a severely disabled child caused him to stop trying to get tenure and instead become an outstanding success.
teaching  research  disabilities  via:HackerNews 
august 2015 by mcherm
No Clarity Around Growth Mindset…Yet | Slate Star Codex
There are studies showing that kids who think effort matters not innate ability do better. This article looks skeptically at these studies: good science, but he claims that they don't make sense in some deep unavoidable ways.
science  teaching  brain  via:SlateStarCodex 
july 2015 by mcherm
Put Schools Back in Prison : TrueReddit
I kick off a reddit discussion of (limited) education in prison.
mypostings  via:reddit  teaching  education  prison 
april 2015 by mcherm
Stuart Spence Stuff: Many McGill Education Students Cannot Calculate an Average
Education students couldn't even calculate an average, and no one was surprised or upset.
via:reddit  teaching 
february 2015 by mcherm
The Wrong Way to Treat Child Geniuses - WSJ
I was a child prodigy. We do well but are so rare that most progress is made by non-"geniuses". We need to be told how much other things matter like taste or effort. In math, too many quit because they see someone better than they; this is bad.
teaching  via:reddit 
june 2014 by mcherm
A thing based on scratch, for use (programming AND execution) on a phone.
scratch  programming  teaching 
may 2014 by mcherm
Try Bitcoin! - What Is Bitcoin?
The best "introduction to bitcoin" that I've seen.
bitcoin  teaching  webdesign  via:reddit 
february 2014 by mcherm
The End of Higher Education’s Golden Age - Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky says universities got big government funding for 30 years, but then for 40 years haven't. Today 9 of 10 student's don't go to a typical residential college and the system is failing everyone by pretending that this is the ideal.
clayshirky  via:ClayShirky  teaching  education 
february 2014 by mcherm
'Strings Attached' Co-Author Offers Solutions for Education -
"Grit" makes you better; teachers should be strict and not coddle.
teaching  via:HackerNews 
january 2014 by mcherm
Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share
A logo-like thing (with drag-and-drop programming instead of writing) to teach kids beginning programming. Genevieve did some exciting things with this.
programming  kidsprogramming  via:boingboing  teaching 
october 2013 by mcherm
Students gleefully teach admins that mobile device management is hard | Ars Technica
I criticize "quit using computers in school; pen and paper was good enough for me".
mypostings  via:ArsTechnica  teaching 
september 2013 by mcherm
To my daughter's high school programming teacher | USENIX
A parent's complaint to the teacher who allowed gender-based harassment to ruin their daughter's experience in her first (high school) programming class.
gender  teaching  sexism 
september 2013 by mcherm
Math Forum: Ask Dr. Math FAQ: Russian Peasant Multiplication
An algorithm for adding numbers that does NOT depend on the multiplication tables.
math  teaching  via:reddit 
may 2013 by mcherm
Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Exam :: Zócalo Public Square
He gave them a hard, cooperation-allowed test to teach them to work together.
teaching  via:HackerNews  personal_net 
april 2013 by mcherm
Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky
Education is about to be changed every bit as much as music was when the recording was introduced. Here are Clay Shirky's thoughts on the matter.
via:ClayShirky  clayshirky  education  teaching  learningonline 
december 2012 by mcherm
Download free ebooks at
Free (advertising supported) textbooks available as electronic downloads.
ebooks  teaching  onlinebooks  via:Techdirt 
november 2012 by mcherm - Welcome to, the new way to learn programming
A modern version of Logo, for teaching programming to beginners, especially targeted for elementary school age kids.
teaching  programming  todo  languages  via:HackerNews 
october 2012 by mcherm
Why technology might not make children stupid, after all - Boing Boing
"This newfangled technology will make kids stupid!" -- early critics of reading and writing.
personal_net  kids  teaching  via:boingboing 
september 2012 by mcherm
What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory? - Boing Boing
An explanation of the reasoning behind christian fundamentalists rejecting set theory.
math  teaching  religion  philosophy  via:reddit 
august 2012 by mcherm
No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8 | Ars Technica
Microsoft is so jealous of Apple's appstore stranglehold on iPhone software that they're ensuring software on Windows 8 must be sold in their appstore unless it is developed with expensive development tools.
teaching  programming  microsoft  windows  opensource  appstore  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2012 by mcherm
Meet the ‘worst’ 8th grade math teacher in NYC - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post
About the teacher rated as "worst" in all of NYC for teaching 8th grade math. She's an excellent teacher and the evaluation method simply does not even make sense.
via:HackerNews  teaching  education 
may 2012 by mcherm
NYT: Standardized Testing Is Blamed
Absurdist literature for eighth graders with stupid multiple choice questions.
nytimes  teaching  via:reddit  DanielPinkwater 
april 2012 by mcherm
'A Test You Need to Fail': A Teacher's Open Letter to Her 8th Grade Students | Common Dreams
Teacher discovers that the standardized test for writing is not graded on writing, it is graded on whether you used two facts from the reading. Someone is actively trying to destroy education.
teaching  education  via:reddit 
march 2012 by mcherm
Hello, Mr. Chips - Cringely on technology
Can we use smart computers to replace teachers? Not yet, but perhaps soon.
teaching  cringely  via:cringely 
january 2012 by mcherm
Surprise! Gender equality makes everyone better at math! : Starts With A Bang
Actual research showing that greater numbers of male high-achievers in math is NOT due to male aptitude for math OR greater male variation, but just due to societal and historical pressures.
gender  math  teaching  science  via:reddit 
january 2012 by mcherm
Dear internet: You've been trolled - raganwald's posterous
Honeypot essay submitted for a grade; internet points fingers. Raganwald says they deserve a trial before name-calling; I'm not so sure. What's the defense?
plagiarism  via:raganwald  law  teaching 
december 2011 by mcherm
Lockhart's Lament - How We Teach Math Wrong
A mathematician's moving essay about the right and the wrong way to teach math, and how our society is doing it wrong. Begins by comparison to teaching music all with scales, never learning to really PLAY.
math  teaching  education 
december 2011 by mcherm
Paul Graham and not being as right as he could be in “The Age of the Essay” « The Story's Story
Writing essays is hard. Paul's Graham's advice may be good for experts but students need much more structure.
paulgraham  writing  via:HackerNews  teaching 
december 2011 by mcherm
The Single-Sex School Myth: An Overwhelming Body of Research Shows that Coeducation Is Better for Girls—and Boys.
Evidence shows single-sex education isn't actually better, and it may reinforce gender steriotypes.
teaching  slate  gender  via:twitter 
november 2011 by mcherm
The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School | Hacker News
Teachers sneaking their kids into the good schools by lying about where they live. I argue that it just may be ethical.
mypostings  ethics  teaching  via:HackerNews 
october 2011 by mcherm
Ron Jones The Wave
Another experiment: teacher told the class to act like Nazis. It worked.
brain  ethics  teaching  psychology  via:reddit 
june 2011 by mcherm
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