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Bartosz Milewski's answer to Should the elementary concepts of category theory be taught in pre-college courses? Could that be a benefit for the general population? - Quora
Instead of forcing computers to work with human abstractions, most programmers try to compete with them at following rigid instructions. It puzzled me why this style of imperative programming seems more natural to most programmers until I realized that we’ve been brainwashed into it from early childhood. The damage has already been done and it’s very hard to overcome early training.
computers  programming  teaching  school  categorytheory  maths 
october 2017 by pozorvlak
Biased and Inefficient - Prerequisites
Do students need to learn calculus before statistics?
statistics  teaching  learning  maths 
april 2017 by pozorvlak
Lagrange multiplier theorem: A simple geometric proof
The Lagrange multiplier theorem is mysterious until you see the geometric interpretation of what's going on.
maths  teaching  geometry 
september 2016 by pozorvlak
No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system | Education | The Guardian
At the heart of the new curriculum, the National Board of Education says unashamedly, is the “joy of learning.”
education  teaching  children  childraising  finland 
september 2016 by pozorvlak
Surprises of the Faraday Cage
Doesn't work the way Feynman says it does!
physics  science  maths  teaching  books 
august 2016 by pozorvlak
Teaching C – Embedded in Academia
I love @johnregehr's thoughts about teaching C:
computers  programming  teaching  c 
may 2016 by pozorvlak
Personal Best - The New Yorker
The benefits of coaching in teaching, surgery, and other professions.
sports  teaching  coaching  medicine 
april 2016 by pozorvlak
We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers | Big Think
A report from the National Council on Teacher Quality has found teacher-training textbooks aren't based in evidence.
teaching  badscience 
february 2016 by pozorvlak
Texas eighth-grader suspended for rescuing classmate during asthma attack - The Washington Post
The teacher had instructed students to stay in their seats while she waited to hear from the school nurse.
firstaid  school  teaching 
january 2016 by pozorvlak
Why don't schools teach debugging?
RT : "not only are we not plugging the holes, we’re proud of how fast the pipeline is leaking" great post by
debugging  education  engineering  programming  computers  comparch  teaching 
december 2015 by pozorvlak
The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law - The New Yorker
Some students have suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.
rape  culture  education  law  teaching  usa  university 
november 2015 by pozorvlak
Confessions of a Soft Touch | "A drop of ink may make a million think."
I'm all for setting high expectations, but I don't see what accepting unjust punishments has to do with that!
teaching 
september 2015 by pozorvlak
I have one of the best jobs in academia. Here's why I'm walking away. - Vox
RT @ryanxcharles: "I have one of the best jobs in academia. Here's why I'm walking away."
education  university  teaching  economics  academia 
september 2015 by pozorvlak
Embedded in Academia : How to Debug
At the end of the story Pooh debugs his error by formulating a hypothesis and testing it with a simple experiment:

“Wait a moment,” said Winnie-the-Pooh, holding up his paw.

He sat down and thought, in the most thoughtful way he could think. Then he fitted his paw into one of the Tracks…and then he scratched his nose twice, and stood up.

“Yes,” said Winnie-the Pooh.

“I see now,” said Winnie-the-Pooh.

“I have been Foolish and Deluded,” said he, “and I am a Bear of No Brain at All.”

We should all be so honest with ourselves after making a silly mistake.
debugging  programming  computers  embedded  science  teaching  university 
august 2015 by pozorvlak
Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bloom found that the average student tutored one-to-one using mastery learning techniques performed two standard deviations better than students who learn via conventional instructional methods[1]—that is, "the average tutored student was above 98% of the students in the control class".[2] Additionally, the variation of the students' achievement changed: "about 90% of the tutored students ... attained the level of summative achievement reached by only the highest 20%" of the control class.
teaching  psychology  education 
august 2015 by pozorvlak
US vs. UK: Mathematical Terminology | Math with Bad Drawings
US versus UK math(s) terminology: I say "scientific notation" and "exponent", personally...
uk  usa  language  maths  math  teaching  school 
may 2015 by pozorvlak
Life, indeed, doesn’t come with trigger warnings, but… | Milena Popova
@alexhibbert being unexpectedly reminded of such events can apparently be quite debilitating:
triggerwarnings  teaching  learning  abuse 
may 2015 by pozorvlak
Terry Burnham: A Trick For Higher SAT scores? Unfortunately no.
RT @finiteattention: Nice meta-analysis of why the "stuff that's harder to read makes you think better" research may not be all that:
teaching  education  badscience 
may 2015 by pozorvlak
Learnable Programming
The particular solutions shown here are merely examples. What matters is the underlying purpose: enabling the learner to read the program.

The environment should make meaning transparent, so the learner can concentrate on high-level concepts, not vocabulary.
The environment should explain in context. Show and tell. Annotate the data, not just the code.
visualization  learning  programming  teaching  computers  dataviz 
april 2015 by pozorvlak
The Universe of Discourse : Within this instrument, resides the Universe
A delightful story from @mjdominus about teaching his daughter algebra:
maths  teaching  childraising  children 
january 2015 by pozorvlak
The Best Classrooms for Children with ADHD - FamilyEducation.com
@sergeybratus @kragen The semi-formal story/task/iteration structure also helps a lot - see
adhd  education  children  teaching 
december 2014 by pozorvlak
David Stewart's answer to How does a low intelligence person think? - Quora
The truth is that if you dumped any of the kids I taught into a room full of "normal" teenagers, you wouldn't be able to spot the difference. For the most part their thinking is identical to normal teenagers.
intelligence  teaching 
november 2014 by pozorvlak
GridClub Starting Point
Description of 7-11 year-olds' Internet usage in 1999.
computers  web  children  school  education  teaching 
september 2014 by pozorvlak
FistFullOLoightnin comments on People of reddit, what lie have you told a kid just to mess with them?
All I had wanted to do was mess with some little kid-brains, and I ended up creating a band of brothers.
teaching  children 
may 2014 by pozorvlak
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