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

COVID-19 Episode 1: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Teaching

Times have changed – and rapidly. With COVID-19 shutting down schools all over the world, academics are struggling to move courses online. In our COVID-19 special series, Dinur and Adam will be discussing different aspects of this problem and ways to solve them. Today we discuss synchronous vs. asynchronous teaching. Show Notes Quick-And-Dirty Ways To […]

Episode 55: How to Handle Mistakes

We all have to learn how to handle mistakes. And the best way of handling them is owning them, acknowledging them, and letting them go. Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about this method of handling mistakes. Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode 54: Deserving vs. Earning

When you get a low grade, you might say “But I deserved an A!” In this episode, Adam and Dinur talk about the difference between grades that you earn and grades that you deserve, and how one word promotes a growth mindset, while the other promotes a fixed one. Click Here to Download This Episode’s […]

Episode 53: The 3×3 Method for Reading In Depth

If there’s anything you must, must, must read in depth, it’s the directions. And yet, too many students are skimming them, the same way they skim their reading assignments. Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about why students do this, and outline a new method to read in depth.  Click Here to Download This […]

Episode 52: How To Do Things Right Without Being Stressed

Students probably want to do their work low-stress and correctly. But that means you’ve got to take speed out of the equation. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to get things done without a lot of stress! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Episode 7: The Trade-Off Episode 13: […]

Episode 51: Ungrading – Different Ways to Assess Student Work

Too many times teachers default to the A – F letter grade scheme, or a 10-point percentage breakdown, and don’t really realize there are other ways to assess and grade our students’ work. Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about some ways to grade that don’t involve grades. Click Here to Download This Episode’s […]

Episode 50: When Life Throws a Curveball

Even the most organized person can get hit by one of life’s curveballs. How do you roll with the punches when this happens? Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss how to handle it when your plans go completely awry! Click Here to Download this Episode’s Transcript! Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode 49: Avoiding Perfectionism, or Getting Good With “Good Enough”

Many of today’s students were raised in the combined environment of high-stakes standardized testing, the self-esteem movement, and helicopter parenting. In this episode, Adam and Dinur go over what we know about how this environment produced perfectionism, and a few ways to get good with “good enough.” Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript! Show […]

Episode 48: Grades and Self-Worth

Our society repeatedly sends the message: “The better your grades, the more worthy you are.” But is that really true? In this episode, Dinur and Adam dig into grades and self-worth, and how to disconnect them from each other. Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript! Show Notes How Being Gifted and Talented Affects Our […]

Episode 47: How to Talk to Professors About Your Grades

Talking to professors about your grade can help you get some perspective on them. However, there are good and bad ways to go about this. Join Dinur and Adam as we outline what to avoid and what to do when you need to talk to your professor about your grades. Click Here to Download This […]

Episode 46: When Non-Academic Problems Need Non-Academic Help

What should students and professors do when a student has non-academic problems that interfere with their academic progress? Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss different problems that may come up and how to help students handle them! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript! Show Notes Brené Brown, Rising Strong (on Amazon) Harriet Lerner, […]

Episode 45: Group Work – and Free Riders

One of the reasons students don’t like group work is because, inevitably, there will be a student in their group who does no work and avoids every meeting – and still gets the same grade as the rest of the group. We call this a “free rider” in group studies. How can we, as teachers, […]

Episode 44: How to Take Written Tests (Essay, Short Answer, and Fill-In-The-Blank)

In this episode, Dinur and Adam go over how to prepare for and take written exams, including short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and the dreaded essay. Join us for tips, tricks, and strategies to handle these exams like a test-taking pro! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Episode 20- An Interview With Gretchen Wegner Episode […]

Episode 43: How to Take Multiple-Choice, True/False, and Matching Question Tests

In episode 5 out of 6 in our All Things Testing Series, Dinur and Adam talk about how to take tests when the questions are multiple-choice, true/false, or matching questions. Listen in for some great short test-taking strategies! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Episode 39 – How to Write Multiple-Choice, True/False, […]

Episode 42: All About Rubric Creation

In this episode, Dinur and Adam cover how to create rubrics for qualitative grading so your qualitative grading can still remain objective. We also touch on how students can use rubrics to check their own work and study! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript! Show Notes Rubric Examples PDF Download

Episode 41 – How To Write Effective Written Questions

How do you create an effective written test question? In this episode, Adam and Dinur talk about how to do exactly that with essays, short answer questions, and fill-in-the-blanks.  Click Here To Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Kansas State Test Creation Guide PDF How to Answer Homework Questions PDF  

Episode 40: An Interview With Professor Thomas Norman

In this episode, Dinur and Adam interview Professor Thomas Norman of CSU Dominguez Hills, about building the best applied business administration program in Southern California, and his insights about how to apply that learning both within and beyond the classroom. Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode 39: How to Write Effective Multiple-Choice, True/False, and Matching Questions

Writing tests doesn’t have to be difficult! Join Dinur and Adam as we discuss ways to write effective multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions for college exams! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Learning Guide University of Texas at Austin Multiple-Choice Exam Guide Arizona State University Reference Guide […]