This piece told me to give students more quizzes, and how to do it well. It said to give quizzes often; make them based on readings; make them worth a little, but not too much; make the questions clear and easy (if the students have done the reading).
I found this old video of me from when I worked for the AMC.
This piece had a couple of dumb old ideas, like always starting a class with an open-ended question, y’know, to keep it interesting, because that has worked before, right? But eventually it stopped trying to convince me to do that, and moved on to telling me to start my classes with a review question, which is a good practice. Overall, not a very interesting or informative article.
A couple dudes at CIT think there’s a 99.993% chance that we actually do have a ninth planet in our solar system – not Pluto, of course [stupid Pluto!] – but rather a gas giant with 10 Earth masses that hangs out between 200 and 1200 AU from the sun. It spends part of its time past the Kuiper Belt, and we should probably redefine the boundaries of our solar system because of this.
Somehow I started reading about E. coli food poisoning, and came across this article about the aftermath of Jack in the Box’s E. coli poisoning in 1993. There were major changes in the industry, which have kept people much safer than they used to be. They also implemented a lot of testing at various stages of beef production, which ended up not being onerous or expensive, and made a huge difference. I think I started reading this stuff because I was wondering how big a deal Chipotle’s E. coli problem was, in the grand scheme of things. After reading this, my thinking is: really not that big of a deal.
The Hox gene pattern in tardigrades indicates that they are just disembodied arthropod heads.
Here’s a funny take on why even Ted Cruz should be able to run for President, regardless of what the Constitution says, or where he was born, or any of that crap.
Okay, so, yes, these are crass. They are also way, way funnier than the original thing.
Enough for now, time for bowling.