How Educators Can Get Glowing Course Evaluations from Students (Even Struggling Students) in Rigorous Courses

As Harry Connick, Jr’s Christmas classic goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” This is the time when students evaluate their professors’ effectiveness. Ok, it won’t be so wonderful for many teachers. It’s a safe bet that many professors will be ruthlessly verbally assaulted by their students on their evaluations. It’s become far too common for professors to read their …

Professors Are from Mars, Students Are from Venus: Creating Ideal Conditions for High School Graduates to Thrive on “Earth”

Earth is perfectly positioned within the solar system between Venus and Mars in a region called the habitable zone. This area is the only known territory where conditions are favorable for life. If Earth were to stray outside of this propitious zone, life would be impossible. Learning environments have a similar zone, a region where the teaching and learning experience is …