Our semester at Chico State just wrapped up.  As part of my final exam, the students are required to pitch their concepts to a panel of external judges from the community.  We call it “Minnow Tank” because it is set up like the TV series “Shark Tank,” but it isn’t as rough. However, the judging panel […]

So, I’m a bit of a cynic – I can admit to my faults (or in some cases I suppose is a plus). However, I am ultimately frustrated with the university methods of teaching students to write. I teach business plan writing course every year and I am constantly having to “un-teach” what these college students […]

I know, we’ve all been there.  It’s the end of the semester and students suddenly realize your late work policy, your attendance policy or your quality work policy.  I’ve actually talked to students about this and they cite reasons such as: It’s just like every other syllabus they’ve read It’s too long It doesn’t apply […]

Have you ever had a small class that somewhat inhibited effective group class exercises?  I am not sure if this is a common problem, but here is what has happened with me: I break students out into groups of 3-4 to work on a problem Everyone can hear everyone else’s conversation Students talk quietly so […]

Ah, the common problems of cell phones in class.  We seem to have all become somewhat addicted to our phones.  A recent study actually found that female college students, in particular, spend about 10 hours A DAY on their phones.  Male college students were found to spend 8 hours a day. “The students reported spending […]

Ah… student presentations.  Most of us as professors use student presentations as an exercise where students demonstrate 1) their mastery of the topic and 2) their communication skills.  Most of the students I know moan and groan when they find out they have to do presentations. Students complain about presentations largely because they fear speaking […]

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