Citation Makers – Should the Students Cite by Hand, or is Technology Better?

In a recent discussion in a Facebook Group, a teacher asked “The teachers in my new English department are completely against online citation makers. They feel that they (the websites) occasionally make errors and kids should learn all the commas, semi-colons, etc. of typing their own citations. I respectfully disagree and believe the most important […]

The One Trick for Completing a Dissertation That No One Tells You

There are plenty of advice articles out there on how to complete a dissertation. Articles that tell you to plan your day with working on your dissertation first. Articles that say you should spend at least 25 minutes each day writing, instead of reading. Articles that tell you how to deal with such a large […]

How to Stay on Your Game, When School Gets You Down

One of my favorite Youtube channels is from Marie Forleo. She’s smart, funny, and gives great advice. I thought I’d share this video, because this is the time in the semester when students are approaching midterms, and tend to FREAK OUT. Marie shares some great advice about staying positive: The first thing you can do […]

Teaching STEM Students to Embrace Mistakes

When writing my dissertation, a 260-page research document, I used what is called “track changes,” in Microsoft Word. You might call this “the kiss of student death,” because after each change, each mistake, a little squiggly red line, blue line, comment box, or strikethrough would appear. I dreaded opening each chapter after my advisor had […]

Self-Help and Motivating Students – Whose Job Is It?

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson The article I was reading this morning, Nudging, Priming, and Motivating in Blended Learning” got me thinking about who is responsible for motivating students to be productive. The students? Their teachers? […]