Psych&Life

Some Truths About Screen Time

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Are you worried about how much time people spend on screens? Perhaps you are concerned that kids’ brains are turning to mush because of how much time they are playing Fortnite.   Is screen time bad? Here are some facts about screen time and some important factors to keep in mind when assessing your own usage […]

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Derailing Dishonesty: How Repeated Wrongs Can Feel OK.

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Ever not paid for that cup of serve-yourself coffee by ignoring the “money-here” sign? Have you taken two pieces of free candy when the sign said take just one? What about cheating on an exam, plagiarizing a paper, or lying?  These are all dishonest acts, albeit ones that vary in magnitude. Our day to day […]

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Just Say No (To Providing Class Slides)?

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“Please Sir, May I have some More?” Oliver Twist’s request for more porridge was denied with vehemence. Sometimes students’ requests for instructor lecture slides are treated similarly. Should teachers give students their slides before or even after class? To some faculty this may not even be an issue to question. Many instructors I have spoken […]

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Student Teaching Evaluations

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Opening up student evaluations—They are the best of times, they are the worst of times (with all due respect to Dickens). Before new semesters amble through the starting gates, it is a good time to put student evaluations of teaching (SETs) from preceding semesters in their right perspective. I have been reading and thinking a […]

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The Anatomy of A Model Teacher

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Students who have wonderful instructors learn more, are inspired to learn, and tend to do better at school (and then life) in general. This just sounds right. We know this in our bones. Whereas the empirical data on this sense is fodder for another day, how responsible teachers are for learning has been addressed before. […]

Faculty Development

Riding off Into Teaching Sunsets: Endings

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Endings are always tough for me. Psychoanalytically inclined readers may evoke termination anxiety.  Twice a year we reach the end of class and I face it with ambivalence. Yes, flexible days and a drastic drop in email traffic loom on the horizon, but it is also time to say goodbye. One of my favorite undergraduate classes […]