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by Vangor
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:22 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Giving Feedback on Presentations
Replies: 6
Views: 7326

Re: Giving Feedback on Presentations

I guess for a bit of clarification, most of the things I read on the internet concentrates on how to give it. Be positive but honest, don't be afraid of hurting the presenter's feelings, etc. But it doesn't really say anything about when you have nothing good to say in the first place. How do you f...
by Vangor
Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How do people learn on their own?
Replies: 7
Views: 6163

Re: How do people learn on their own?

Curiosity. The internet is too full of resources. There are video and written tutorials, forums to banter about, observations of experiments with whatever field of interest, as well as a host of materials to acquire and tinker around with. Have done this with climbing. Have done this with brewing. H...
by Vangor
Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Post-graduate Exams
Replies: 8
Views: 9469

Re: Post-graduate Exams

I'm studying for my NYS teacher certification exams, and my peers are telling me to stop studying and trust my common sense. For myself in Florida (which, having worked with teachers from New York, I am told Florida exams are vastly easier, and I do not discount this for a moment), I never once stu...
by Vangor
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Do you think what my school teacher said was too much?
Replies: 22
Views: 14403

Re: Do you think what my school teacher said was too much?

and i have detention monday for recording during class. The teacher was disciplined with a talking to, and you were disciplined with a talking to and detention. Tell the principal you are not serving the detention because this is penalizing reporting of teacher behaviors. The diatribe of this teach...
by Vangor
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Tutoring somebody on a subject they don't know anythin about
Replies: 9
Views: 9755

Re: Tutoring somebody on a subject they don't know anythin a

Not to say Socratic questioning works to guide everyone, but few teachers are versed in those types of guided questioning methods including prompting and probing responses. Have to know when to use questions, otherwise you frustrate both parties by asking them to produce knowledge from the ether rat...
by Vangor
Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Tutoring somebody on a subject they don't know anythin about
Replies: 9
Views: 9755

Re: Tutoring somebody on a subject they don't know anythin a

Begin with a simultaneous brainstorming task. Both of you have separate sheets of paper, write in the center "Physics" and circle, and proceed to list phrases and words associated with physics for a couple of minutes individually. After, share the results. Chances are she will be less fort...
by Vangor
Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Graduate Advisor is pushing research topic.
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

Re: Graduate Advisor is pushing research topic.

Is this your capstone project? And why do you not have the option of ignoring him?

You have basically talked yourself into a corner of either quitting or doing this. Do this, in such a case, but I do not see why you have to.
by Vangor
Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Graduate Advisor is pushing research topic.
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

Re: Graduate Advisor is pushing research topic.

What field, what project, and what is the position of the advisor? Unless this person is a department head or dean, frankly ignore them. If either of those or if you have to have them, for instance on committee, tell them you do not feel as strongly on the topic and therefore would not create as qua...
by Vangor
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:31 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Assistance with SPSS for Likert Questionnaire
Replies: 3
Views: 4364

Re: Assistance with SPSS for Likert Questionnaire

Thanks for the recommendation. This was exactly what I was looking for but didn't know the name and SPSS has a little more roundabout means of doing it, so was hard to just search around to find. Unfortunately, my 100 sample is just on the verge of possibly having useful EFA results, but my data bri...
by Vangor
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Assistance with SPSS for Likert Questionnaire
Replies: 3
Views: 4364

Re: Assistance with SPSS for Likert Questionnaire

Just to add with what I am currently doing, I am meaning group 1 and group 2 and will be using bivariate analysis between item 1, item 2, item 3, meaned group 1, and meaned group 2.
by Vangor
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Assistance with SPSS for Likert Questionnaire
Replies: 3
Views: 4364

Assistance with SPSS for Likert Questionnaire

Greetings. I am working on an Honors thesis and have run into the brick wall of SPSS. Unfortunately, my distance from the main campus help centers and graduate offices, my work hours, and my additional obligations have kept me from being able to get some real assistance, and the thought occurred to ...
by Vangor
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I am so sick of forgetting stuff I had once learnt
Replies: 11
Views: 7205

Re: I am so sick of forgetting stuff I had once learnt

"Forgetting stuff" falls into to two important tasks: retention and retrieval. Both are highly supported by learning via several modalities including seeing, reading, writing, hearing, speaking, feeling, and doing and connecting this with emotion (does not have to be connected to the learn...
by Vangor
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 33259

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

froggyrules wrote:Canada cheat sheet:

Jan. Hockey
...
Dec. Hockey


Same for me (in...Florida). When hockey isn't on, like right now, I just bemoan the fact and then insult other sports whenever people bring them up.
by Vangor
Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Getting the attention of registration staff?
Replies: 5
Views: 5339

Re: Getting the attention of registration staff?

I have been admitted to a university as a transfer student Are you in a college or department under the university? Try there first rather than general admissions if so. Higher likelihood those people know, are accessible, and are willing to help, plus you will become known to them earlier which is...
by Vangor
Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 44889

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Once you come to an agreement on how many items a couple, a few, several, etc., are, ask them if the same holds true for minutes. "Oh, I'll be there in a few minutes." To me, this indicates how many five minute sets, such as a couple minutes is 10 minutes.
by Vangor
Tue May 22, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I need some advice. This is my first post in years.
Replies: 7
Views: 3846

Re: I need some advice. This is my first post in years.

So what do you guys think of that path? Would always approve of someone pursuing higher education, in particular with your background and interests. However, I will say to be wary of this belief about the challenge community college represents compared to high school. I left high school after faili...
by Vangor
Sat May 19, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 34894

Re: Gifted Education

America needs to boost the standards much, much higher. Yes and no. Our standards for quality of knowledge are low whereas our standards for what students should know are far too high and broad, keeping quality standards low by trying to reach scattered standards without developmental appropriatene...
by Vangor
Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Citations and Book Resources
Replies: 16
Views: 5283

Re: Citations and Book Resources

Is Wikipedia (or any other encyclopedia for that matter) appropriate to cite a source for this? Wikipedia is not an appropriate source to cite for the foundation of research papers, but to introduce a somewhat tangential, contextual concept this would useful. However, Wikipedia has numerous citatio...
by Vangor
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Citations and Book Resources
Replies: 16
Views: 5283

Re: Citations and Book Resources

I teach high school science and am charged with the task of preparing high school students for college, and we (the teachers) were wondering what sort of text resources or internet resources colleges currently use for essays or research papers. With mass digitization of journals and research and th...
by Vangor
Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Help with a thesis topic...
Replies: 8
Views: 3550

Re: Help with a thesis topic...

I'm also interested in learning disabilities because my fiancee has one and has been subject to discrimination and ridicule because her disability is "invisible". Though I know you are already through much of your current paper and likely finished by the time you read this, if you are int...
by Vangor
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Going to High School, need help finding a passion....
Replies: 20
Views: 6408

Re: Going to High School, need help finding a passion....

Not exactly the kind of thing you ask other people, to suggest lifelong passions. Will tell you, folks who pursue lifelong passions generally never set out to; you find something you want to do, and when you can receive more education on this, you do, and when you can make a career from this, you do...
by Vangor
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Best method of teaching/learning?
Replies: 12
Views: 3782

Re: Best method of teaching/learning?

But I'm not sure whether that is because of the subject being taught or the way it is taught. Likely a combination thereof, but the former simply makes the latter simpler and more obvious. Practically anything which could be taught is able to be taught in a tangible manner. Not all things are, and ...
by Vangor
Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Best method of teaching/learning?
Replies: 12
Views: 3782

Re: Best method of teaching/learning?

In physics, the facts taught can immediately relate to many things in life, however the method of teaching seams to be removed from real life. Being related to life is not the same as encountering them, at least within my comment. Knowing how internal combustion engines function is related to life,...
by Vangor
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Best method of teaching/learning?
Replies: 12
Views: 3782

Re: Best method of teaching/learning?

Partly this is due to increased motivation. By choosing to pursue scuba training and wanting to master the concepts presented to successfully dive you have tapped two of the biggest sources of intrinsic motivation, autonomy and mastery. Intrinsic motivation is a significant predictor of depth and re...
by Vangor
Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 34894

Re: Gifted Education

I never said anything about "all manner of acceleration" and I agree that students should be placed with cognitive peers. I was not intending to imply you had; rather, "including all manner of acceleration" was meant to remark on how the positive social indicators appear in the ...
by Vangor
Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 34894

Re: Gifted Education

Gifted programs vary wildly from district to district. The programs in my schools in Miami-Dade Florida were horrendous. Gifted classes were automatically Honors classes, yet the content rarely lived up to Honors level if the teacher didn't teach regular Honors. Would seem a reason to advocate for ...
by Vangor
Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 34894

Re: Gifted Education

They are not however entitled to more scarce resources than other students. Yes, they are, assuming those resources are allocated based on needs in order to provide an appropriate education, which all students are entitled to. Gifted students have different needs than other students. Similarly, cog...
by Vangor
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 34894

Re: Gifted Education

And again the goals of high school and college are quite different. We are also not talking actively restricting someones access to knowledge. We are talking about spending fairly significant public resources to increase the knowledge of the already proficient when there are many that are not profi...
by Vangor
Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9374

Re: How can we make math less scary?

For one group of students studying conceptual physics in particular, I was able to spend a good amount of time doing things in what I felt was the "right" way, but of course the entire nature of the course was conceptual. Older students are generally able to work with the abstract with li...
by Vangor
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9374

Re: How can we make math less scary?

Actually, I think abstraction is absolutely the most useful portion of math - to take that abstraction, know how to use it, and realize that things can be used in more than one case. Humans are awesome in that regard. For example, when working with dogs, you have to 'proof' the behavior. Say you're...
by Vangor
Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9374

Re: How can we make math less scary?

Ah, the solution to problems with math is to do less math. Wonderful, wonderful. Ideally, we want to provide students opportunities to apply the academics within school because the end should be students apply the academics within life. We want students to use the writing process to create meaningf...
by Vangor
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9374

Re: How can we make math less scary?

Math is a difficult subject, but no more difficult than any other. Would disagree with this somewhat. Humans are not exactly made for calculation, but we are quite capable with language. Of course, this is not an excuse for the difficulty of math as much as an indictment about what math has become,...
by Vangor
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thoughts on assessment
Replies: 8
Views: 2483

Re: Thoughts on assessment

Let me first comment on how ridiculous using two exams for the vast majority of the grade in any class is. Exams are rather mediocre forms of assessment, especially compared to lab work. The issue is measuring what students understand, not what students memorize for short periods. As to allowing the...
by Vangor
Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 368930

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Some entries from myself from today. 1st Student: And this one died from pneumonia. Mr. V: You said you couldn't find any funny facts about artists. 1st Student: And his son died from pneumonia two weeks after. Mr. V: Hilarious! 2nd Student: Mr. V, this says he died of syphilis and alcoholism; that'...
by Vangor
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What is the deal with medical schools and community college?
Replies: 13
Views: 4543

Re: What is the deal with medical schools and community coll

Depends on the school and on the program. For medical schooling, I would suggest attending all four+ in the university for a number of reasons. The first is to avoid any issues which might arise from previous courses being inadequate; being unable to complete the work wastes tuition and time. Furthe...
by Vangor
Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The Language of Molière
Replies: 9
Views: 3040

Re: The Language of Molière

What should I do about this educational stupidity? Would second the suggestion of involving the student government. Student governments are effective at engaging the student population by raising awareness, marketing, encouraging, and being representatives of the student population. The group shoul...
by Vangor
Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Extra time for tests
Replies: 28
Views: 7333

Re: Extra time for tests

See, I'm not convinced of this. Penmanship as a formal evaluation of how "pretty" one's handwriting is certainly doesn't seem a useful thing to include, except for certain jobs. But overall legibility I think absolutely is, and to a degree I think it's impossible not to include it - if I ...
by Vangor
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Extra time for tests
Replies: 28
Views: 7333

Re: Extra time for tests

But I think fairness is more important than goodness or politeness in that situation. Why is this? Were we in direct competition, fairness is important. Being we are not, equitability is important. Tests we tend to consider, ones where additional time may be given, are a measure of retained knowled...
by Vangor
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you looked down on for not having a job in college?
Replies: 22
Views: 5709

Re: Are you looked down on for not having a job in college?

In this economy and depending on course load you might say there is a luxury of time for a job, luxury of having a job, and luxury of not needing a job. I checked out some positions related to my major (I actually want to go to some type of medical-related professional school,though not sure yet whi...
by Vangor
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 56516

Re: Reactions to your Major

So while I can understand why it would be so frustrating to have everyone just ignore you when you obviously know more, I don't think it's unjustified for a typical person to have a strong opinion on education (although I may just be saying this because I am a typical person with strong opinions on...

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