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A Principal’s Reflections: Grade Change: Moving a School Culture Forward

Interesting post includes some ideas about specific grading policies. The conversation focused on some difficult questions such as what does a letter grade actually mean and how do you measure student learning. Source: A Principal’s Reflections: Grade Change: Moving a School Culture Forward

The Eighty Five Percent Rule for optimal learning | Nature Communications

Here, we examine the role of a single variable, the difficulty of training, on the rate of learning. In many situations we find that there is a sweet spot in which training is neither too easy nor too hard, and where learning progresses most quickly. We derive conditions for this sweet spot for a broad […]

The importance of stupidity in scientific research | Journal of Cell Science | The Company of Biologists

Even though this is about science and PhD students, I think it applies to wicked problems in general and undergraduate students. First, I don’t think students are made to understand how hard it is to do research. And how very, very hard it is to do important research. It’s a lot harder than taking even […]

Teaching in the Age of Disinformation

Students would benefit, Caulfield says, if professors spent more time explaining how their discipline functions. Who do the experts turn to to understand how something in their field works? How is knowledge built? Describing to students how the World Health Organization comes up with its guidance around Covid-19, and how that differs from the CDC’s […]

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