Author Archives: Ian

About Ian

Physics professor... science education researcher and evangelist... foodie and occasionally-ambitious cook... avid traveler... outdoorsy type (hiking, camping, whitewater kayaking, teaching wilderness survival skills to high school students, etc.)... amateur photographer... computer programmer and amateur web designer... and WAAY too busy!

Do I still use SBG? Um…

I recently received an email from a teacher who had tried implementing standards-based grading, and who had read my paper on the subject, and who asked me: A fellow teacher and I just tried implementing SBG in our classes and … Continue reading

Posted in Learning & Teaching, Pedagogy, standards-based grading | 2 Comments

a crazy collision of a teaching idea

I love it when two different ideas collide in my head, even when I’m not entirely sure whether the result is a beautiful synthesis or an ugly wreck. first idea In a conference paper I wrote exploring what we could … Continue reading

Posted in Learning & Teaching, Pedagogy, problem/project-based learning | 12 Comments

Post-Holocene Education?

Tonight, Prof. Ben Ramsey of the UNCG Religious Studies Department gave the University’s inaugural Future of Learning lecture. I attended. I feel like I’ve been ambushed and beaten up, intellectually speaking. This was not the “bright new horizons in pedagogy” … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Learning & Teaching, Politics | 7 Comments

If flash cards are the answer, we’re asking the wrong question.

I’m in St. Louis. I’ve just finished a two-day conference at Washington University that brought together leading cognitive science/cognitive psychology researchers with education researchers and innovators from various STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. As conferences go, it was … Continue reading

Posted in Educational Research, Learning & Teaching | 2 Comments

No-Bullshit Teaching

This is a post where I try to put some ideas I’ve been wrestling with for a while into new words, hoping for new insight. What follows may or may not be worth a hoot. Caveat emptor. The more I … Continue reading

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