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December 20, 2010 - 9:28pm
Last week we had parent/teacher conferences for The Boy and The Girl. We’re lucky enough that parent/teacher conferences pretty much consist of hearing how wonderful our kids are, how well they’re doing, and how much their peers like them. It’s not stressful.That happened again, and it never gets old. TB and TG are doing great, and we’re thrilled.That said, though, I heard a couple of things that gave me pause.
December 20, 2010 - 8:47pm
When I was in college, it took me a long time to decide what to major in. I started thinking about Psychology; next considered Philosophy; and ultimately settled on Economics. Actually there were a few more disciplines along the way that I considered. When I encountered a terrific teacher, that swayed me toward a particular major and, not surprisingly, when the faculty member was the opposite, my reaction was also the opposite.
December 20, 2010 - 8:45pm
Audiobooks have changed my life. How often have we heard complaints that our students don't read enough? What if we figured out how to deliver all of the assigned readings in multiple formats - from paper to digital to audio? Why should education be exempt in an attention economy? Why do we think our students have any more time than we do?
December 20, 2010 - 7:02pm
Christmas is, for our family as for so many others, all about the traditions. But the way we observe the traditions can change from year to year, and for me holiday baking is one of those endlessly altered traditions.
December 20, 2010 - 3:30pm
When I was first thinking about starting this blog, the editors at InsideHigherEd asked whether I intended it to be anonymous/pseudonymous. I hadn't really asked myself that question but, after some discussion, decided that doing so would probably make sense.
December 20, 2010 - 12:45pm
I started writing for Inside Higher Ed this past July.
December 20, 2010 - 4:36am
This story about course repeaters in California struck a chord with me. We’re facing a similar question at my own campus.Apparently, California is considering amending its policies on allowing students to repeat courses as many times as they want. It’s looking at a cap. The idea is that seats in classes are not infinite, and once someone has whiffed several times, someone else should have a shot.
December 19, 2010 - 9:15pm
1. For-profit universities will begin to understand that they need to adopt the norms of transparency and the culture of openness and sharing that define the nonprofit education world.2. Educators who work in nonprofits will become less critical of the model of for-profit education, as we start to understand that the market and the profit motive creatives incentives to increase both the quality and scale of higher ed offerings.
December 19, 2010 - 8:45pm
I’ve had some great work
December 19, 2010 - 4:52pm
My son, Ben, as I have mentioned here, is an amazing guitarist and an all-around great person. He plays guitar and/or drums in several bands, and he and I enjoy singing and playing together.I’ve been taking a singing class for almost two years now. At the end of every semester, we have a “cabaret night,” in which students perform the songs we’ve been working on for family and friends.

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