Category supervising

Red Pen, Green Pen

I usually conduct reading quiz one day and group quiz (or activity) the other day in the classes throughout the semester. One obvious purpose of this regular quiz activity is to hold the students accountable for studying the required text (and priming their brains with important concepts) before the lecture. But equally important purpose for […]

Mentor

“The truly complete mentor is a single individual who is able to serve as an adviser, guide, developer of talent, coach, opener of doors, advocate, role model, interpreter of organizational or professional rules, protector, rule setter, or boss – and carries on all of these functions on a long term basis.” (William Silen) “The five […]

Rest in Peace, Prof. Joseph Reid

Jo, Rest in Peace. I am still so grateful for your gentle guidance, critical advice and limitless humor as my dissertation committee member. You often challenged me to think critically, not to assume without evidence, and not get too excited about new findings just because they look consistent with the previous results. I learned how […]

Advisor

  Until about ten years ago, ‘advisor’ just meant the ‘thesis research advisor’ to me who supervises the research of graduate students. Then I learned that there was another kind of advisors on college campus: ‘academic advisor.‘ (This late learning for me is probably due to my experience of attending high school and college outside the U.S.) […]

“What the Best College Students Do” – Ken Bain

Excerpts from “What the Best College Students Do” by Ken Bain: There are three types of learners: surface, who do as little as possible to get by; strategic, who aim for top grades rather than true understanding; and deep learners, who leave college with a real, rich education. Pursue passion, not A’s. Get comfortable with […]

UT Graduation – 2014

Over 8600 students graduated from the University of Texas at Austin at the Spring 2014 graduation. The College of Natural Sciences, the largest college at UT, had to hold the convocation in two separate events and each one lasted over three hours. It was great to congratulate the Marine & Freshwater Biology (MFB) concentration students […]

Another batch of MSI graduate students

I had a privilege to train another batch of graduate students for effective teaching at our department this year. Nearly the same curriculum, but quite distinct and different collective character compared to the previous year’s class. I am proud of every one of them who completed a challenging journey with me in training for effective […]

A Manifesto for Active Learning – Jason Farman

A Manifesto for Active Learning (Jason Farman) Learning is not the same thing as receiving information Lectures are not the enemy of active learning Lectures should never be passive The loudest voice in the room is not always the smartest Technology should not be banned from the classroom The classroom is not the [only] classroom […]

Characteristics of Effective Teachers – Ken Bain

Characteristics of Effective Teachers (Ken Bain) Know the subject extremely well Follow developments in their field Take a strong interest in broader issues of the disciplines: histories, controversies, etc Can simplify and clarify the foundational concepts of the field And think about their own thinking, analyze it and evaluate it Talk less about transmitting knowledge […]

The Truly Complete Mentor

“The truly complete mentor is a single individual who is able to serve as an adviser, guide, developer of talent, coach, opener of doors, advocate, role model, interpreter of organizational or professional rules, protector, rule setter, or boss – and carries on all of these functions on a long term basis.” (William Silen)