Category Archives: Teaching

Performance-Enhancing Strategies

Let’s take a quick two-question poll: List the five freedoms granted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Do you have that list?  Alright, let’s move on to question number two: Name the five members of the television family, The Simpsons. If your memory is typical with what statistics have discovered, .1 per cent…
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The Truth About Stereotyping

Although we often receive admonishments for using stereotypes, stereotyping is a major method by which we simplify our social world, since stereotypes reduce the amount of cognitive processing (i.e. thinking) we have to do when we encounter a new person or situation. One advantage of a stereotype is that it enables us to respond rapidly to situations…
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Treasure Maps for 2018

We often consider a new year as a time for fresh starts, for change, for rejuvenation.  But statistics suggest that 92% of New Year’s resolutions fizzle out by January 15 unless they are written down (Goalband)!  According to other research (Mace 1935, Matthews 2015), setting goals and writing them down are the first steps in…
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Writing Under the Influence of Inquiry

Idea #5 This is part five in a seven-part series of ideas intended to nurture critical, creative, and curious thinking while also supporting composition development.  With these ideas, writers of all ages can develop understandings about texts and their characteristics, the writing process, and what it means to be a writer.  Consider using the book…
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