COVID-19 Special Episode 12: What About Materials?

Since COVID-19 closed our campuses down, the idea that every student has a computer, a word processing program, stable internet, and the textbook no longer stands up to reality. Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss the issues of inequity revealed by COVID-19. Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode 63: How to Ask Better Questions

Today, Dinur and Adam discuss an article on KQED.org that describes the QFT, or Question Formulation Technique – a method to help students ask better questions. Join us as we talk about the details of this method! Show Notes  KQED.org: How Helping Students to Ask Better Questions Can Transform Classrooms

Special COVID-19 Episode 11: Mental Health During the Pandemic

Mental health is an issue even when we don’t have an international pandemic going on. But obviously, the problems we already have get worse, and new ones show up, when we add in COVID-19 to the various pressures of daily life. One of the big problems with the public-health responses to the virus has been […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 10: Reassessing Priorities

Many institutions, faculty, and students want the fall to be as close to normal as possible. Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss what that means, if it’s possible, and how to adjust our priorities in the face of COVID-19. Show Notes Laurence Steinberg’s article at the New York Times William Tierney’s article at Inside […]

Episode 61: The Myth of Multitasking

We are all pushed to do more with less time these days. But is that actually realistic? In this episode, Dinur and Adam talk about why people think multitasking is good, why it’s actually not, and what to do instead. Show Notes James Clear on the Myth of Multitasking Health.com: 12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking

COVID-19 Special Episode 9: Communicating with Faculty

Before COVID-19, communicating with faculty was pretty basic. But now, with everyone confined to their homes, some of those options aren’t available anymore. And what if your professor offers a new method of communication, like Zoom office hours, or a Slack chat channel? Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to use email, […]

COVID-19 Special Episode 8: A Guiding Hand and a Calming Voice

If nothing else, COVID-19 has shown our job as teachers isn’t just to go over content, ideas, and to develop skills. When situations are tough like this, our first job is to offer a guiding hand and a calming voice. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to do this. Show Notes No […]

Episode 59: Letters of Recommendation

You’ve decided you want to go to grad school, law school, or med school. Along with standardized test scores and GPAs, you have to get letters of recommendation. But what do you need to know about getting these letters? Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss letters of recommendation. Show Notes No Show Notes This […]

COVID-19 Special Episode 7: They Didn’t Sign Up For This

Let’s be honest: Our students didn’t sign up for the pandemic, and neither did we. Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about how to prepare for a better online fall than the haphazard online spring we just went through – and how to support our students. Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode 58: How to Stop Overthinking (Part 2)

We talked about why overthinking happens in Episode 57. Now, join Dinur and Adam as we identify types of overthinkers, types of overthinking – and how to overcome them both! Show Notes No show notes this episode

COVID-19 Special Episode 6: Students Without Tech

Some students access the internet and learning applications from computers on campus. If your campus is shut down, some of the tools students need aren’t available. So, what can we do? Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss options to help students without tech. Show Notes No Show Notes This Episode

Episode 57: How to Stop Overthinking (Part 1 of 2)

Overthinking is a really common problem in high school and college! Part of the reason is that tests are usually high-stress situations, and big assignments often “count” for a lot of your grade. It’s no wonder that your brain immediately begins double-checking everything! Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about what overthinking is, when […]

COVID-19 Special Episode 5: What About Cheating?

For some of us, it’s a deep-seated sensibility that people should have to sweat and strain to do good work, and if they find a shortcut, that’s unacceptable. But should it be? Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about the issues of cheating and rigor during an international pandemic. Show Notes No show notes […]

Episode 56: Basic Self-Care for People Who Learn

All of us are people first, not just students or teachers. And that means we are not machines built to work 24/7. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about basic self-care for people who learn.  Show Notes No show notes this episode

COVID-19 Special Episode 4: What About Engagement?

Since moving to an online format, many instructors are asking, “How can I get my students engaged when I can’t see them? How can I tell if they’re engaging at all?” In this episode, Adam and Dinur talk about what student engagement looks like in an online environment. Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode: Back in the Saddle Again!

Due to COVID-19, we had to set down the podcast for a while – but with the semester’s end, we’re back! Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 experience, and what we plan to do going forward. We’re also making some changes to our original schedule, so be […]

COVID-19 Episode 3: Teaching The Crisis

In a crisis like this, it’s natural to want to bring it into the classroom and study it. But what if your class topic doesn’t relate easily to an international pandemic? Join Dinur and Adam as we discuss some ways to bring the crisis into your virtual classrooms. Show Notes Quick-And-Dirty Ways To Get Your […]

COVID-19 Episode 2: The Issue of Rigor, or Humane Teaching

Universities pride themselves on rigor. But is demanding rigor appropriate during an international pandemic? Adam and Dinur discuss why being kind yet firm is going to help our students during COVID-19  a lot more than demands for rigor will. Show Notes Quick-And-Dirty Ways To Get Your Course Online Low-Bandwidth Teaching Resources for Students During COVID-19