Dustin over at Lifehack wrote a nice post for students on how to improve their writing. Last night I was going through the first round of this with my students as well. The point I found most insightful was the following: Start in the middle. One of the biggest problems facing writers of all … [Read more...] about Lifehack: Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Writing
A note from Charlie: This post was published before I developed the S.T.A.R method, which is a much more effective way to handle the volume of email we get nowadays. 2007 was a much simpler era of email management. Email has become the primary method of communication for most people in nearly all … [Read more...] about R.A.F.T: Managing Email Rather Than Letting Email Manage You
I had an amazing thing happen this semester: every student turned in every assignment on time. I don't think that happened due to the caliber of students or the time I was teaching the course, for those things didn't make that big of a change in other dimensions of the course. The reason why it … [Read more...] about The Value of Not Accepting Late Work
Glen has recently posted an article on LifeDev that resounds quite true. My original peak-time was in the morning from about 7:30 to 11:30, but I stopped getting up earlier and have actually managed to collapse onto the time of 8:30 to 12:30. Sometimes I catch another sprint from 1:30 to 5pm, but … [Read more...] about Morning Person Tester: Are You Working At the Wrong Time?
I'm currently designing my next course and I am faced with a problem that gets me every semester: what's the best way to teach students how to write well while balancing that objective with many others? Many people in my department subscribe to the "look-Ma-no-hands" pedagogical principle, which … [Read more...] about Teaching Students to Write: Dealing with the Perennial Problem of the Pile of Crap
Some days you wake up knowing that you're not going to get much done (today was one of those days for me). Popular wisdom would tell you to drink your joe, open up your work, and get to it. In this case, I think popular wisdom is wrong. Let's suppose that you've got a 20-page project that you've … [Read more...] about To Work or Not to Work…That Is the Question
Okay, so there's a plethora of blogs out there about personal productivity (I personally enjoy 43folders and LifeDev). However, their appeal is either based on programmers, as Merlin's is, or is too general. I've often found myself asking, "How the !@#@! do I translate this good stuff into my … [Read more...] about Yet another blog on time management?!