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 on: Today at 06:55:27 PM 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by octoprof
Our drop date is tomorrow. One of my intro bio students came to me today to discuss her grade. My grade breakdown is in percentages, which apparently no one teaches anymore. Anyway, this student went to her academic advisor for help calculating her overall grade. Even the advisors don't know how to calculate a percentage based grade, because the final tally this student was given was 142! So the student came to me to ask what grade that corresponded to.  I normally refuse to calculate grades mis semester for students, but for this girl, I got out the calculator.

After 25 years of having percentage weighted grades, I gave up and have points. And, the total is 1,000 which should make it easy, right? Nope.  <sigh>

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 on: Today at 06:54:20 PM 
Started by elsie - Last post by octoprof
I'm feeling guilty. I should start on decluttering the hoosier of all it's papers... <sigh>

At least I don't think we have any mold problem (I'd have to move out).

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 on: Today at 06:54:09 PM 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by mythbuster
Our drop date is tomorrow. One of my intro bio students came to me today to discuss her grade. My grade breakdown is in percentages, which apparently no one teaches anymore. Anyway, this student went to her academic advisor for help calculating her overall grade. Even the advisors don't know how to calculate a percentage based grade, because the final tally this student was given was 142! So the student came to me to ask what grade that corresponded to.  I normally refuse to calculate grades mis semester for students, but for this girl, I got out the calculator.

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 on: Today at 06:48:19 PM 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by happylittletrees
chocolate bunnies

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 on: Today at 06:43:51 PM 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by happylittletrees
Uncle Jesse

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 on: Today at 06:37:48 PM 
Started by jonesey - Last post by ruralguy
Ok, ok, I  didn't need to make it about age, though I am probably older than a number of folks who got upset.

Anyway, my main point was that of Octoprof. Most people, young and old can handle reading X amount of apps per sitting .
You don't have to avoid sensible advancements just because some people might find it difficult. Most wont and you can accommodate those who do.

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 on: Today at 06:36:45 PM 
Started by elsie - Last post by infopri
Maybe some of you saw the New York Times blurb on Marie Kondo:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0

Here's my very favorite part (already partially quoted by octoprof, but the entire thought bears repeating):

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For Ms. Kondo’s instruction on sorting papers is perhaps the most liberating of all her maxims: Just throw them all away. (She is equally ruthless about buttons.)

“There is nothing more annoying than papers,” she says firmly. “After all, they will never spark joy, no matter how carefully you keep them.”

If I could bring myself to just toss all the paper, I could have my (overwhelmingly cluttered and horrible) study (in the MyCity house) clean and organized within the hour.  Instead, I'm prone to look at each and every paper, which means that my study won't get clean and organized until somewhere around 2062.

In other news, we arrived at the remarkably uncluttered Somewhere Warm house last week, only to find it invaded by mold (again).  I'm taking this as a sign from the cosmos that it's again time to clean everything, and to toss out anything that can't be cleaned.  I'm about halfway there, and the house is getting even more uncluttered.

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 on: Today at 06:33:45 PM 
Started by spork - Last post by nogames
I am a woman who games and who finds both sides of the Gamergate argument way overblown. Sure, societal stereotypes about women are perpetuated (not invented) in scenarios regarding female toons in some games. However, there are also many female toons that can become empowered leaders and warriors in many games, so the entire picture has not been painted. You could also argue that many male toons in many games are big, brawny, dumb and grunt a lot. Is that offensive to men? In terms of gamers, there are so many subcultures on MMORPGs that anyone placing all or most gamers under a single label reveals a lack of expertise with the gaming community. Two nights a week, my adult guild composed of professionals gets together to slay bosses for fun. We joke around in a usually nerdy but never sexist, racist or otherwise offensive manner. If someone in our group crosses that line, they are asked once to refrain from such nonsense and then removed from the group if it happens again. If you place yourself into a guild (regular group) with the teenage crowd that is unavoidable in gaming scenarios, you will be more likely subject to offensive (and more likely uninformed) banter. You can mute or filter written or verbal banter on all games that I've ever played and game masters will pretty quickly ban the accounts of players who repeatedly offend other players. The majority of gamers ignore the handful of offensive trolls whose loudness in chat channels outweighs their intelligence ~ frankly all this hubbub over Gamergate feeds those 'less fortunate in life' trolls. It's exactly the rise they look for.   

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 on: Today at 06:27:34 PM 
Started by musclememory - Last post by musclememory
Hey all. I've taught a certain grad class for five years without problem. This time around, the students are complaining that it is too hard, and they're doing so at a level that seems to threaten mutiny. I have never seen this before: a class of 10+ grad students who consistently show up late, ball with incredulity at foundational ideas of theorists, and don't do the readings consistently (in response to which I have instituted content-based quizzes, which I have never needed to do for anyone over 18 before).  Through all this, I strive for good pedagogy and accessibility outside the classroom.

I try to keep class friendly and breezy, but it's hard when this group of students has somehow got it in their head that I am feeding them crackpot ideas, and when I frankly think (but never even hint in class) that with maybe two exceptions, they have no business being in grad school. Again, I have used his syllabus five times previously and it has always been pleasant, intellectually rewarding, and in keeping with the department's curricular desires.

I would joke to them that suffering through tough new ideas is part of grad school of they weren't already so visibly resistant, and I'd smack them down with the grades they deserve if I weren't worried about my tenure process.  But on principle, I won't water down a grad course. Given that, what should I do?  I asked the director of graduate studies in the dept., and he surprisingly said, "Well, they are pretty busy. Maybe offer extra credit."  Am I crazy for thinking that's an odd tack at the grad level?

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 on: Today at 06:18:43 PM 
Started by fiona - Last post by spandrel
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