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Student Choice + Choice Architecture

When we walk into retail stores – Home Depot, Target, or whatever your personal flavor – effective store designers know how to encourage from us particular choices. Sunstein and Thaler would call such experience-creators “choice architects”. By presenting our shopping … Continue reading

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Student Choice Leads to Lifelong Learning

I’ve been teaching for over a decade, and whereas most of these years I made myself as important as possible in the learning process, over the last few years I’ve been working on minimizing the notability of my presence in … Continue reading

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Stepping Out on a Limb in Gamification

So as not to bury the lead, I made some big changes in my ever-changing classroom this past week. This was the first week of what I hope will be many weeks of adding game elements to a classroom in … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo 3: Remaining Teachable

One of the most important characteristics of a good teacher is a commitment to remain teachable. This is not, as it sounds, mere proverb. It must be demonstrated. Every semester, I engage in an ongoing evaluation of my teaching habits … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo 2: Using “Scaffolded Writing” Assignments to Teach Critical Skills

In a recent paper in the journal Teaching Philosophy, Cynthia D. Coe wrote about teaching via “scaffolded writing,” which she describes as follows: Scaffolding breaks [the expectations about critical thinking and writing] into a progressive series of papers, moving from … Continue reading

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