The Real Meaning of Common Teaching Phrases
What is happening when 5 workers are at a construction site and only 1 has a shovel.
Student complaints about your course policies.
What instructors have the students do when they didn’t have time to fully prepare their notes.
Attempting to construct sense out of student nonsense.
Retroactively making up explanations for why you did what you did in the course.
curving the grades
Rewarding students who didn’t learn the material.
Doing the homework for the students.
physics education research
Double-counting teaching as research on your annual faculty activity report.
Attribute of students who cannot solve problems.
Any classroom technique that is effective in the instructor’s opinion.
Benefitting students who didn’t make time for homework.
Working through all the steps of an example problem.
What happens when the instructor is present in class, as opposed to “inactive engagement” when the instructor is absent.
Allowing students to repeat a test until they have memorized all possible permutations of it.
A list of everything students probably know about the subject before they take the course.
The result of randomly rearranging desks in your classroom.
(In the spirit of a similar list entitled “Useful Research Phrases” which you can find by googling it.)
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