Special COVID-19 Episode 15: Best Practices for Teaching Online

Worried about having to move to online teaching in the fall? In this episode, Adam and Dinur run down a list of some best practices that have shown up, both in research and anecdotally, for making online classes work when you have never (or rarely) taught a class online! Show Notes Inside Higher Ed: What […]

Episode 66: Failure Planning With Future You

Many of us don’t realize a lot of our failures and mistakes can be anticipated and planned for, and made less bad as a result. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to use the concept of talking with Future You to failure plan your projects, papers, and other tasks!  Show Notes Brooke […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 14: Keeping Online Course Design Simple

Novice online instructors make a lot of mistakes when they first start out, but with COVID-19 forcing most of us online this coming term, there’s no way to avoid it: your classes will probably be online. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about ways to minimize and avoid these kinds of mistakes, so your […]

Episode 65: Making the Most of Limited Time

Many students – and many teachers! –  feel like they never have enough time to get things done. Part of the problem is we don’t have practice taking time with what we need to do, but part of it is also that we may give ourselves too much time to get something done. This can […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 13: Going Modular

During COVID, we’re all mostly moving online, and modules are crucial for online courses. They give students a road map that tells them what to do, when to do it, and what to expect next. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to go modular! Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode 64: The Myth of Motivation

Too many of us think motivation comes first, and then action happens. It’s actually the reverse. The results of taking action motivate us to do more of that action. Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about some ways to create motivation through action in your life! Show Notes Rubin Khoddam, Ph.D. on motivation and […]

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 […]