‘I Don’t Have Time for This Nonsense’

Via Diane Ravitch's blog I've been learning more about the Gates Foundation desire to explore galvanic skin-response monitors as a classroom tool. Ravitch links to an article providing a hint of the rationale:Gates officials hope the devices, known as Q Sensors, can become a common classroom tool, enabling teachers to see, in real time, which kids … Continue reading ‘I Don’t Have Time for This Nonsense’

The Public Intellectual

Writing in the New York Times today, Michael Bérubé, professor at Penn State and once perhaps the preeminent academic blogger in the country (he has since turned to other activities), addresses the child rape scandal from the perspective of the faculty. In doing so, he faced a difficult task: as Paterno Family Professor of Literature, … Continue reading The Public Intellectual

Oh, How We Justify! Oh, How We Turn Away!

Yesterday, in partnership with Learning Specialist AE Dreyfuss, I presented a paper at "The CUNY Conference on Best Practices in Reading/Writing Instruction."  We talked about a pilot project we are conducting using Fred Keller's Personalized System of Instruction and the Peer-Led Team Learning concept.  The other papers on our panel were quite interesting--and I learned … Continue reading Oh, How We Justify! Oh, How We Turn Away!