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How do you handle student requests to raise their grade at the end of the semester?

I emphasize horizontal equity and remind the student that the class is now over. I tell them that ... more

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Hey Dirk! Thanks so much for all of the great multimedia, I use it in my high school class all the time and it makes such a big difference with my students. I noticed though that most of the video clips are no longer accessible...can you help?? Thanks so much! Jeff

Hi Jeff. We've changed platforms and we are no longer using Critical Commons. It will take ... more

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Dirk, it's Howie Baetjer from the teaching workshop. 1) Should I make the Facebook group private or open for others to see? 2) When I have official announcements, should I make them through Facebook or Blackboard? Thanks for taking time to answer. Howie

Hi Howie. Leave the FB group open for others to see but require students to join it -- this allows ... more

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A student in one of my classes is quite disruptive. Do you have any suggestions for how to handle the situation?

The next time it happens, ask the student to speak to you after class. Once you are able to speak ... more

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How do you get students to attend class?

Attendance determines part of their participation grade so students come for that reason. But I ... more

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What is the most challenging topic to teach?

For me the answer is cost. Students are unfamiliar with most of the terminology -- and there is ... more

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I am going to be teaching a large class for the first time this fall, what advice do you have?

In a big room you need to get away from the podium and move around. Take advantage of a wireless ... more

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How do you get students to read in your class?

Great question. Getting to students to read is multi-dimensional. Some will read becasue you've ... more

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Is there a place where I can download multimedia to use in class?

Most media is copyrighted material and the transmission of media -- even for educational purposes ... more

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How do you come up with new ideas for your class?

I troll the business section of www.fark.com for fresh ideas and I also rely upon suggestions from ... more

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