Category Archives: Student Motivation

Magic!

One time during my grad student days I had dinner. Unbelievable, yes, but true. With a friend. Yes, even more incredible, but true. At a restaurant. Now I’m really pushing it, aren’t I? Well, ok, since we’re over the top, … Continue reading

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Lateral thoughts on Math Induction, and the Importance of Having Fun.

Today I taught my class about recursion in computer science. As a precursor to this important topic, I also review the concept of Mathematical Induction. For those not in STEM, even if symbolic logic isn’t your cup of tea and … Continue reading

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Anxiety Meltdown

Anxiety meltdowns are no fun. I’m sure you’ve had them at some point in your life. Especially if you were a student. Or child. Or parent. Or teacher. Or employee… Or HUMAN. If you’ve had one (which you probably have), … Continue reading

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Starting Trouble

Lao Tzu said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Likewise, an article of a thousand pages starts with a single sentence. Yep! But although I didn’t plan on writing much over 25 sentences, it … Continue reading

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Homage to the Humble Veshti

Welcome, Bienvenido, Huānyíng (歡迎), Namasté (नमस्ते), Vanakkam (வணக்கம்) – These are the words I used to greet my students on their first day of class. And I asked those who speak other languages to teach me how to greet them. … Continue reading

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On the Spot? Or In the Spotlight?

Dorothy* and Efua* were two of the most timid students in class. They were also the weakest. They were both orbiting a D in a class where the average was a B or better. It’s not that they had difficulty … Continue reading

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Nothing Buys Like Money!

Generate Extra Credit Currency for your students. They’ll love it. Continue reading

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