Drawing Notes

I used to make fill-in-the-blank notes for my students to complete while watching a video. For a particular subset of students, that works well. Helping lower the barrier for learning by providing a construct for information gathering led to more engagement when it came time to use the information. Then I took on AP Biology.Read More

Homework is a Red Herring

Polarization is easy to achieve, but it's hard to undo. Education is riddled with polarizing issues, both political and practical, and the issue of homework is one of the worst. The central argument: Homework doesn't benefit students, and you shouldn't be giving it. Aside from pushing buttons and for increasing retweets, search hits, and KloutRead More

Improving Questions, Part 2

Before starting this post, please go back and look at Part 1 to get the research justification for the outline below. In an effort to make research more accessible and visible in the implementation of new ideas, here is a practical, "how-to" explanation of ways to get students to ask better questions. While all ofRead More