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Excuses, Excuses: “I missed the exam because….”

We’ve all heard them: “My grandma died”, “I was vomiting all last night”, “My third cousin had a wedding”, “I had pink eye”, ….   If I was a grandparent of a college/university student, I would be afraid for my … Continue reading

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My Teaching Philosophy

Recently, I had to express my teaching philosophy in 1 to 2 pages. This was for an application to teach a course at another institution. I have a lot of thoughts about teaching, but I have never before had to … Continue reading

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My Experiment with a Flipped Classroom

In a previous post (Sept. 16, 2013), I wrote about my plans to try out the flipped classroom format with one of my business law classes. I teach three sections of a business law course. I chose one of those … Continue reading

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Malala

Today, I heard Malala Yousafzai speak. She was being interviewed on The Current (CBC Radio One). To listen to Malala is to be inspired. I am awestruck by her courage, her humanity and her force of conviction.  It is no wonder … Continue reading

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To Syllabus or Not to Syllabus

In my dreams, my students pore over every carefully crafted word in my syllabus.  In reality, I know that many of my students pay as much atttention to my syllabus as they do to Facebook user agreements. Many of us, … Continue reading

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It’s not our world anymore. So why do we treat it as though it is?

Originally posted on The Geek Teacher:
I’ve been thinking greatly about improving my own pedagogy within this digital age, and how to easily explain it, how to come up with tips and tricks to take those who weren’t born with…

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What’s a “conflict of interest”?: Explaining abstract concepts

An eternal challenge: how to explain an abstract concept that makes it real and understandable to students. In the business law course I am teaching this semester to accounting students, I have a few minutes to explain the abstract legal … Continue reading

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Flipped Classrooms at Wharton

Further to my post about my plans to flip my classroom, I read with interest a recent Business Week article which mentioned that professors at Wharton Business School are using their online course materials to flip their face-to-face MBA classes. … Continue reading

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Syllabus

Originally posted on Tabula Candida:
It’s on the syllabus, right between the lyrics for the official college song and the dean’s sugar cookie recipe.

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The Flipped Classroom

In a few weeks, I am going to “flip” one of my classrooms.  It will not involve any heavy lifting of furniture, but it will involve turning my students’ learning experience upside down. In a traditional classroom, the teacher/professor teaches … Continue reading

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