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How to teach computer science to high school students? [on hold]

I am teaching computer science to students in Far Western Nepal. I myself has studied computer science in university and I am passionate about teaching them. However the problem is that, they have ...
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How to avoid student favoritism in the classroom?

FYI: I am teaching undergraduates, and am fairly recently out of grad school myself. I find myself unconsciously treating/regarding students differently based on their engagement with the class. I ...
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How many hours should you expect to work for an hour of in-class teaching? [on hold]

This is really for physics since I'm sure it depends a lot on the discipline. So let's say you have 1 hour of in-class teaching a week. How many total hours should you expect to work? I know there's a ...
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Impact of slide quality on student learning

I'm working on improving the contents of a university level introductionary course. Has there been done any research on the impact of lecture slide quality on student learning? My assumption is ...
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Student coming to office shirtless and unclean [duplicate]

I am a junior lecturer in first-year maths at a tropical university. At the end of the semester, many students come to my office to ask questions about the subject's materials. There is one young man ...
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How to inspire people to learn things they don't understand

I have seen far too many people that just cannot or are unwilling to learn due to the subject being rather uninteresting or boring. They tend not to want to learn things they don't understand because ...
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Homework Policy - Extension with Partial Solutions for Partial Credit

I'm going to be teaching my first course in the fall semester, and I've been trying to think of ways to make the homework benefit the students. One thought I had was to have the homework be due the ...
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Is it appropriate to make a pun that references a highly charged topic in current events, in a lecture on an unrelated subject?

For example, when discussing red-black trees in lecture, is it appropriate to use the phrase "Black Nodes Matter?" The proof that red-black trees are balanced relies heavily on the property that each ...
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Community College Math Prof. Prospect

Where can I find reliable statistics/info on the outlook of tenure math teaching jobs at the community college level? Teaching is my biggest reward, I love math, and I refuse to enter industry (but I ...
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Does TA experience for wide range of classes improve future job prospective?

If other important factors (e.g. Research quality) are about the same, does an academic job* candidate with TA experience in many different upper division classes (e.g. Abstract algebra, real analysis ...
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How would teaching during the last year of a postdoc be perceived on the academic job market?

How would large and small research schools, master's only schools, and liberal arts schools all look at a post-doc who did 5 years of research and a 6th year of teaching + post-doc at ~50/50? This ...
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How would taking a non-research academic job affect my industry career prospects later?

I'm a PhD student in computer science and I want to become a teaching professor when I graduate. But I am worried that I will get tired of teaching after a few years and I will want a job as a ...
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Retyping some material to obscure source of a textbook with a solution manual?

This is my first time teaching mathematics. I've been giving lessons based on a certain textbook which contains excellent exercises (not just the exercises, but the order in which they appear leads ...
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Is there data or research on the tradeoffs associated with revealing how a student's grade on an assessment compares to the rest of the class?

We're building a teaching platform for projects, and one of the goals is to provide rich feedback to students concerning their performance. I'm fairly data-driven as a student and always appreciate ...
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Using a time budget for a class

I teach at a school where the department has a strong expectation that a graduate or undergraduate course should require 45 hours of work per credit hour. For example, a 3-hour course should take 135 ...
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Should I take class time to explain software?

I'm teaching a course that introduces linguistic field methods. We have fewer lectures than a typical 3-credit course, but the students have ‘lab’ sessions eliciting data from speakers, and they're ...
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Is there a conventional word that describes a professor for whom you were a TA

I am providing a block of contact information to someone and the last line of this block it is requested that I provide the relationship between this person and myself. Basically I am trying to find ...
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When giving a seminar talk, should I sit or stand?

When I give a talk (e.g. in a department seminar) it is more convenient for me to sit down, since my body is more relaxed and it is easier for me to concentrate in the talk. But, I have been told ...
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Are professors required to perform research as a necessity to teaching?

In my country, in order to teach mathematics (or any subject) to college students one doesn't have to have a PhD. Just a good academic record in the masters level of one's subject and one must clear a ...
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How do I get students less dependent on me everyday in an online teaching class? [duplicate]

CASE STUDY: I introduced yourself to the students in my online teaching group at the beginning in my group sites. But I have noticed that some of the students are sending me private emails everyday. ...
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Would going to Teacher's College be useful, if my ultimate goal is to become a university math professor?

I am close to entering the fifth year of a five-year Concurrent Education program. What the program involves is four years spent working on a bachelor’s degree, while “on the side” taking education ...
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Effective ways of encouraging “weak” students to make use of office hours

I find that a not-so-insignificant number of my students could benefit from coming to talk with me during office hours about homework assignments, their exam preparations, etc., and I'm looking for ...
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What should I do about a bad professor?

My professor has not and will not hand out a syllabus (I have asked as well as others). I have a very vague idea about how grades will be calculated and no idea what the class schedule looks like (I ...
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What are the pros and cons of giving students assignments to write Wikipedia articles?

The Wikimedia Foundation initiated an education program at U.S. universities that in 2010 encouraged government, law, and public policy students from 33 classes at 22 programs to contribute to ...
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What is the equivalent of French Travaux Diriges (TD) in Anglo-Saxon Universities ? and who leads them?

I made my predoctoral and doctoral studies in France. Even after a few postdoctoral years in Anglo-Saxon like Universities, I am still lost for some mapping between the French system and the non-...
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Effects of Game-based Learning on Motivation for Learning

I found many studies discovering the impact of game-based learning on motivation for learning. For example, these papers You can also find a summary of them in this book chapter. However, it is ...
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Should a programming Instructor urge students to use more efficient practices?

I teach programming, and it is painful to watch my students slowly arrow around the screen, backspace over something, then retype it. It would take less than a second for him to have grabbed his mouse,...
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Relative importance of journal citations compared to classroom performance by academic field

With regard to tenure decisions how drastic are the different weight placed on journal articles compared to teaching ability in the classroom? I know some in the STEM fields that seem narrowly ...
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Why doesn't academia incorporate spaced repetition in higher education?

There are many publications explaining advantages of spaced repetition. I found a summary of some of them here. While a lot of studies show many advantages of spaced repetition, it is not formally ...
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Prob/Stats Teaching talk (tenure-track interview)

I have a tenure-track interview in a prob/stats department (my research area is quantitative finance), and part of the process is a 30-minute teaching talk: "...demonstration of how you typically ...
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How can teachers reduce student suspicions in discrepancies and irregularities of grading?

From experience, many teachers dislike it when students compare grades, but that often shows the discrepancies and irregularities in the grading system. What other methods should teachers implement in ...
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Copyright for lectures, slides and textbook: university or professor?

I'll be starting as an adjunct professor soon at a smaller university, and I'm starting to prepare lectures and slides for teaching there. In the future, I'm also thinking of publishing a textbook ...
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What should a student do about a professor who uses class time poorly?

One of my professors is quite enthusiastic about teaching the subject. He often derives from the main content and gets lost in details vastly beside or beyond the matter at hand - which is interesting,...
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How to get students to highlight academic text more effectively?

When I give students readings (articles, textbooks, etc), they sometimes literally come to class with entire pages colored yellow with a highlighter. I cannot begin to understand how they discern that ...
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Ethics and etiquette, and permissions of posting student work to my online “teaching portfolio”

I want to create an online teaching portfolio on my website, and I want to post examples of student work on my blog and teaching portfolio. What are the ethics and etiquette of posting student work ...
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Reference request for research on images or colors used in quizzes and exams

For my exams and quizzes, I print them on colored paper, and I usually try to make them aesthetically appealing with the design. I include pictures that are usually relevant to the material they are ...
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Is there an Advantage to have a Teaching Statement with References

I will be on the job market, again, next year. I am looking for a position that emphasizes teaching. I wrote a new teaching statement each year for the past two years since I just graduated with my ...
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How to deal with classes that I must cancel due to conference travel?

I will be teaching a course which is made up of 13 weeks of classes in the Fall of 2016. Unfortunately, I will also be travelling in the middle of the semester to a conference in the US from my home ...
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Special Needs student with disruptive behavior (racial slurs towards teacher)

There is a student at a university of a friend of mine who has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a milder form of Autism. My friend, who is a teacher there, has told me that the student mostly does OK ...
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Incorporating Cellphone use in a Course

Most educators have some policy regarding cellphone use in class. Often this policy is "no phones" or "I don't care." I would like to take different approach. I would like to learn of ways to ...
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Makeup exams and posting solutions [duplicate]

Suppose you are an instructor and you have given a (midterm or final) exam. This is a substantial portion of the grade; a student who misses it has little chance of passing the class. (I have in mind ...
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Giving students a complete set of study resources

This is a hypothetical question, as I am not currently in a teaching position :) I am currently making flash cards for Japanese on Quizlet, a flash card service (website & app). The flash cards ...
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Do computer science lab sections still have value for flipped courses?

Many computer science courses consist of conventional lecture sections and lab sections. Typically, the lectures are "passive learning" experiences, and lab sections are where students actively solve ...
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Choosing course reading materials for students

I'm planning (somewhat technical, but not very technical) undergrad courses in the fall with relatively little lecturing in class, primarily using class time for group work and discussion (as ...
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Strategies for getting involved in students' work during labs?

As a TA I conduct computer laboratory classes (the lecture is conducted by one of the professors). These are part-time studies, so labs take place during weekends, 3 clock hours each. Some students ...
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How to counteract poor academic instruction and demanding workload at German university?

I am an undergraduate student at a university in Germany. I already hold a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field from a university abroad, and I also have a solid secondary school background with ...
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Private Git repositories for students, that don't become public later

Short version of my question: Is there a good way to provide students with free, private, Github-like git repositories, that won't become public later? Background: In computer science, it is ...
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While teaching how should I give justice equally to both female and male students?

I am 27 years old unmarried male teacher. I have been a teacher (lecturer) for the last 6 months in an Engineering institution. My students are 4 to 5 years younger than me. The problem is that while ...
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design student assignments

In a recent interview, I have been asked how to design assignments for an undergraduate course on computer science. Based on my previous TA experience, I did help my supervisor to design students ...
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How to ask good question at the end of lecturer interview

I interviewed yesterday for a lecturer position at computer science. At the end of my interview, the Head of School asked me if I have any questions to ask them. This is my first time to interview, ...