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

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 […]