Archive for: May, 2013

Not time to panic

May 06 2013 Published by under [Education&Careers]

Folks, if you haven't heard back on your DEB or IOS preproposal, it's not time to panic yet. Both divisions have set a target date of 5/15 for invites to be notified, as mentioned on the DEB blog. Yes, some people you know may have gotten word that they've been invited, but don't lose hope until May 16th. Then you can freak out.

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Want to know what the best parts of your class are? Ask the students.

May 02 2013 Published by under [Education&Careers]

One of the best things I've done as I've fumbled through learning how to teach, has been to routinely ask for student opinion. I've done this both anonymously and not, but the answers are always enlightening. I administer a mid-semester evaluation of the class to see how things are going, but I also find that asking students about what topic they liked the best over the last X time period can yield surprising results. On my last midterm exam I used this as a bonus question and found the the answers converged roughly on three topics. Two of them were side things I tossed in to the lecture because I thought the students would find it interesting.

Based on the feedback I may find ways to expand a bit on those topics in future years, but more than that, it gives me a bit more information on the types of subjects that engage the students. Biology is weird and fascinating and I like to make that clear. Sometimes I can grab the classes interest and sometimes they seem to glaze over. Asking them after the fact provides a lot of insight into what engaged them either in class or when they were studying later. Sometimes it's surprising what stood out to them.

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