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?!